Drug Education Consulting provides trauma-informed behavioral health education and coaching. Our specialty is helping parents and guardians solve drug problems. We bring together advocacy and public health experts to help drug users and their families prevent and address problematic drug use (i.e. "addiction" or "drug abuse").
Abstinence is the safest option, but not everyone is ready for sobriety. Shame and punishment do not inspire sobriety. In fact, shame and punishment push people into hiding where they may use drugs - and potentially overdose - alone.
If you or someone you love is using drugs, you have options. Eliminating risk is impossible, but you can reduce risks by first acknowledging that drug use is occurring and then understanding how reduce harm to health and safety. This is the best place from which to work toward abstinence, if that is the desired outcome.
For parents, harm reduction is intuitive. You want your child to be safe and healthy, so you put them in a car seat. You put sunscreen on them at the beach. And you get them a helmet with their first bike. With your guidance - and some testing of your boundaries - they learn to take care of themselves. If your child isn’t ready to be sober, they should know how to use drugs responsibly. This means having the tools to manage dosage, understanding how drugs interact with each other and with psychiatric diagnoses, having access to safe environments with trustworthy people, practicing safer ingestion methods, and much more. We can help you get closer to your child, manage the risks of their drug use, and motivate them to make safer choices. Is your child using drugs? Schedule a free consult today.
Most drug users have been left behind by the abstinence-only model and lack of harm reduction support. If you use drugs, you may feel isolated and afraid. Your relationship with drugs might be a serious problem, or maybe you’re experimenting. With the right information and support, you can take charge of your relationship with drugs. Whether you’re ready to be sober, want to cut back, or simply need guidance on safer drug use, we can help. Schedule a free consult today.
Are you a counselor, therapist, teacher, school administrator, or event producer? Are you in another field where you work closely with people who use drugs? We can help you better serve your clients or community with private consultation and custom programming. Schedule a free consult today.
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Working with Mikayla and her collaborators is very simple and transparent. She was able to negotiate our concerns with ease and adapt her work and programming to suit our audience. Mikayla shared ideas with us quickly and professionally, putting together proposals and executing them punctually and as expected in dynamic event circumstances. It's great to work with someone who is knowledgeable and respectful in this uniquely evolving space. We highly recommend her and hope to see her important work and substantial skill set get the platform it deserves. Read moreLia Holland, Portland, OR
The first time I saw Mikayla speak, I was utterly entranced. An hour had passed and I was left wanting more - to absorb all the person-centered and harm reduction based education she had to share. She offered evidence-based and realistic approaches to substance use that range far beyond the "party scene." She graciously tackled topics, that I, as a nurse, have seen other health providers evade simply out of their own lack of education surrounding substance use. Mikayla is honest in her approach and knowledgeable. She is the consummate example of cool and brilliant in her presentation and makes vital information accessible to everyone. I am thrilled to have a resource like Mikayla on my side as a community health practitioner." Read moreRosa Moudine, RN, Washington, DC
Mikayla’s approach to consultation is supportive, inquisitive, and effective. She asks useful questions to fully understand a need or situation before offering suggestions, and she takes the time to consider factors that may have otherwise been missed. Her thoughtfulness also allows her to take action in situations where quick thinking and action are needed. Her knowledge of harm reduction, especially as it applies to nightlife and events is extremely valuable, and since she takes time to really understand the needs of those with whom she works, her delivery methods when educating others are appropriate and effective. Mikayla is also an excellent and dependable mentor, providing quality support and guidance to those in her community. I am grateful to know her. Read moreVilmarie Narloch, PsyD Drug Education Manager, Students for Sensible Drug Policy
"Having attended several harm reduction workshops facilitated by Mikayla, I can say I have benefited immensely. Her workshops de-stigmatize drug users so we feel comfortable asking questions and can make sure our desire to have a good night doesn't turn into our last. I would now consider myself far more knowledgeable about how to keep myself and my friends safer." Read moreA. M., Guest Teacher, Washington, DC
"Mikayla is full of wisdom when it comes to a topic you want to learn more about and full of innovation in ways you may not expect. She makes a point to remain well informed on recent topics and trends both locally and nationwide. She stands out because she is truly kind and compassionate." Read moreS.B., Prosecutor, Maryland