Support For Teens
Support for teens, who don’t want to take drugs or drink, is a new concept. Getting high or drunk used to be a rite of passage. But using alcohol and substances is no longer a safe coming-of-age ritual. These days prevention should be viewed as a necessity, not a luxury. We now know that 15 of every 100 teens are addicts or will become addicts. If they don’t start using until they are of age, they have a better chance of avoiding the disease.
At the same time, ongoing support for teens coming out of rehab is also a brand new idea. Most people think a few months of sober living can turn a life around and are surprised and angered when it doesn’t work. But recovery experts know that it takes much more than just not using to recover from addiction. New ways of living and having fun have to be developed to change habits and brain patterns. Imagine how engaging and exciting it must be as a teen coming back to life after drug use with the opportunity to play in a band and be mentored by music industry professionals.
The programs in Silent Majority, Road Recovery and young offenders in Teen Court give kids the opportunity to replace their bad habits with good ones. They teach young people the value of learning skills and fostering a community all under the supervision of professionals who understand the issues involved with addiction and recovery in teens. This mentoring model is proving to be incredibly successful for the recovery process in teens, and more programs needs to be initiated all over the country. We hope that viewers seeing these programs will be the catalyst for creating others all over the country.