Fighting Addiction by Providing Tools for Making Better Decisions

In the last year, 1 in 8 children...

Based on data from National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, about 1 in 8 children (8.7 million) aged 17 or younger lived in households with at least one parent who was significantly impaired by recurrent use of alcohol or other drugs (or both) in the past year.

Your donation to decisions.org provides schools, churches, and other non-profit organizations with valuable resources to address this heart-rending problem. Our unique WingMan books for children help them learn to make positive choices and to deal with many of the challenges associated with one or more addicts in their families.

Along with the books themselves, your donation provides children’s coloring books to promote interactive learning as well as structured curriculum for teachers and educators.

CEO Hayes Thomas talks about the mission and purpose behind the WingMan Book Program.

Fosters from Addict Homes

In 2020, approximately 424,00 children in the US were reported to be living in foster homes. According to the US Justice Department as many as 80% of them came from alcohol- and drug-addicted homes.

Offering Hope & Help to Kids

The WingMan Book Program was created to allow kids to have fun while learning to make better decisions. Creative activities like coloring books allow them to be responsible and enjoy themselves at the same time. The reward of seeing a smile on a child’s face when they accomplish a goal is priceless. WingMan books provide children with the hope and help.
Each family and each family member is uniquely affected by the individual using substances including but not limited to having unmet developmental needs, impaired attachment, economic hardship, legal problems, emotional distress, and sometimes violence being perpetrated against him or her. For children there is also an increased risk of developing a substance use disorder themselves.

Helping People Make Better Life Choices

Every person’s life is built around thousands of factors that relate to how that individual is raised and taught various lessons about life. However, among the choices we cannot control is to whom and where we are born. Yet, history has proven that even those brought up in poor neighborhoods and disadvantaged circumstances can be highly successful in their lifetimes.

By a child learning the meaning of “yes” and “no,” many patterns of the baby’s learning systems are imprinted into that child’s psyche. He or she begins to learn that certain decisions to act can bring a reward or cause a punishment. In the simplest of terms, this is the ability to judge what is right or wrong.

Yet, the circumstances of each person’s birth and upbringing are just the starting point for structuring that newborn’s life and moving forward with “building” that person. Life decisions are usually built upon rational decision making after retrospection and deep thought.

Most young people quickly learn that their impulsive decisions often backfire and cause them embarrassment, disappointment and personal pain. If correcting or avoiding acting on impulsive behavior is not kept in check, the rational decision-making process for that person can fail, leading to addictive behaviors and bad decisions