Hope House announces free life-initiative classes

The Hope House will offer a series of four different free classes this spring, all designed to help people take the initiative to control difficult aspects of their lives such as addictions and other undesirable behaviors.

Youth Empowerment Series. This series is a 12-week class for teens aged 13 to 18 and their families. It is designed to help teenagers to learn skills to manage their lives more effectively, including taking responsibility for their own development. Topics covered include anger, assertiveness, money management, time management, decision making, goal setting, communication skills, career planning, AIDS education and family relationship building. Meets Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30. Call Shawn Smith at 625-4673, ext. 311 for information and to sign up.

Stop Smoking Class. More than 400,000 people die annually from cigarette smoking – more than from AIDS, alcohol, cocaine, Heroin, suicide, car wrecks, and fires combined. Hope House will hold classes to help people stop smoking. It is scheduled Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for Blount County residents. Free nicotine stop-smoking aids are available for class participants. Call Maria Brindle at 625-4673, ext. 302, for information and to register.

Adult and Youth Drug/Alcohol Treatment Class. Over time, as users know, the high from drug and alcohol use loses its thrill and the low that follows gets deeper and deeper until the addict is living in a dark hole, feeling barely human, with only occasional glimpses of light. Life feels hopeless and devoid of joy.

Many have been through addiction and come out the other side, able to stay clean and sober. Anyone willing to take the first step can do it. It’s possible to rid yourself of the addiction and from the shame that binds you to it.

The drug and alcohol treatment class helps people move into the light of peace and freedom from addictive behavior. Call the Hope House about these classes if you or someone you love is suffering from addiction. Call Maria Brindle at 625-4673, ext. 302 for adults, or Shawn Smith at 625- 4673, ext. 311 for youth classes.

Domestic Violence Class. Domestic violence or abuse is reaching epidemic proportions in Blount County, as in the rest of the country. It affects men, women, and children of all races and all social and economic levels. In order to stem the tide of abuse, it’s necessary to both protect the victims and treat the abusers. A key is to understand what triggers the abuse so that the next generation of families can learn to live abuse-free. Call Dr. Ann at 625-4673, ext. 308, for help and to sign up for classes.