If you're looking for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) you have come to the right place. We have some exciting news about our organization. We have a new name! MOFAS has officially been renamed Proof Alliance. Our mission remains the same: to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and to improve the quality of life for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
We now have the proof that prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading cause of brain injury in children. We have the proof that FASD is 100% preventable and people living with an FASD can reach 100% of their potential.
We seek to build powerful alliances with people with an FASD, their families, legislators, experts in the field, new partners, and community members to bring awareness, research, and services to this field.
Proof Alliance is rebranding, expanding, and we're moving! We have a new logo, website, and prevention campaign to help change the norms around drinking during pregnancy. And in May 2019 we will be moving to a stand-alone building. Proof Alliance commits to the people of Minnesota and we will continue to develop transformative programs to help Minnesotans impacted by FASD.
Substance abuse problems are common among individuals with an FASD. Some adolescents experiment with drugs or alcohol and then stop abusing substances, while others‟ drug use escalates and becomes increasingly dangerous to the individuals health and overall well-being. When substance abuse escalates, treatment is often necessary. There are several types of treatment available depending on the individual’s needs. Some types of treatment include hospital outpatient, hospital inpatient, hospital day treatment, and residential facility treatment.
Adolescents with an FASD are at three times greater risk for developing substance abuse problems. Over 30% of individuals with an FASD have substance abuse problems, compared to about 10% of the general population.
Before deciding on a type of substance abuse treatment, an individual should be evaluated by a qualified mental health professional. Ideally, this would be a professional with experience working with individuals with an FASD. The mental health professional will recommend a type of service or program that best fits the individual’s needs.
For more information:
Visit the SAMHSA website.
“My son with ARND was often coming home “high‟ after spending time at a friend’s house, and he sometimes smelled of alcohol. He said his marijuana use was “no big deal.‟ During school conferences, staff told me that he was hanging around with known substance abusers. I called my health insurance company to get him scheduled for an assessment. He completed an evening treatment program and aftercare. His judgment is impaired without drinking alcohol, so addressing his substance abuse was very important to his safety and the safety of our family.” -Tina, parent