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Specialist on alcohol, drug abuse to speak

Rokelle Lerner, known nationally for her pioneering drug abuse prevention programs in elementary schools and programs to help families overcome problems created by chemical dependency, will present a program entitled "Shame and Compulsive Behavior for Adult Children," 7-9 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Junior League of Clearwater/Dunedin, 129 N Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. Lerner will describe the rigid behavior patterns characteristic of alcoholic families and strategies for breaking the cycle and developing new ways of relating. Lerner, an author and lecturer on chemical abuse, is the family program director for Anon Anew, a treatment center in Boca Raton, and co-founder and consultant to Children Are People, a Minnesota-based agency that develops drug abuse prevention programs for elementary schools. Her Clearwater appearance is part of the Women to Women Alcohol Awareness campaign sponsored by the Clearwater/Dunedin Junior League and the Association of Junior Leagues. For information, call Kelly Young at (800) 759-6222. Free.

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