During the last 4 decades, the U.S. Government has invested billions of dollars in addiction research and treatment. They’ve invested just as much combating the supply side of addiction with “The War on Drugs.” Additionally, we’ve been subjected to negative reinforcement advertising and scare tactics by drug prevention advocates for over 40 years. After it’s all been said and done, sadly, we are worse for the wear. Very little, if any of it at all, has been effective. But, don’t take my word for it. The numbers don’t lie!
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 70 percent of students will have tried alcohol, 50 percent will have taken illegal drugs, and 20 percent will have used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes by the time they are seniors.
Nationwide, the drug, overdose death rate has more than doubled during the past decade among people aged 12 to 25 – rising from 3.1 deaths per 100,000 in 1999-2001 to 7.3 deaths in 2011-2013, according to the Trust for America’s Health report.
Day after day, we are losing our greatest and most valuable treasure – KIDS. If we’re going to prevent drug abuse in teenagers, then we need to change our approach.
Here’s Where I Come In:
First, let me be completely upfront and honest; I have never struggled with addiction. However, one of my siblings has. Even though I was surrounded by addiction, I somehow managed to leap over the pitfall and avoid the swamp. Drawing a distinction between the two of us, I became convinced that I discovered the common denominator or direct, fundamental cause of addiction. That’s what encouraged me to conduct further research and undertake the work I have done as a recovery coach. For the past 10 years, I put my hypothesis to the test. While I proved my theory, and helped many people overcome addiction, I realized that I was fighting an uphill battle – just like mainstream recovery.
How to Prevent Drug Abuse in Teenagers
After ten years of research, and working as an addiction recovery coach, I am absolutely convinced that we cannot treat, police, or scare our way out of this problem. If we are going to stem, reverse, and, eventually, eliminate the addiction/overdose crisis, then we must re-focus our efforts from supply/effect to demand/cause. I discovered the blueprint for facilitating that goal – “The Addiction-Free Kid Blueprint.”
Drug Abuse Prevention Coaching
My goal, in launching the Addiction-Free Kids Project, is to equip the courageous people on the front lines, who are working to help teens and young adults, with the knowledge, skills and tools kick the addiction/overdose crisis to the curb!
Faith-Based Organizations – Leaders and Youth Pastors
No matter how many treatment options are available and initiatives you introduce to the congregation and community, 90 to 95 percent of drug addicted members continuously fall from grace and back into the clutches of addiction. Regardless how many programs are offered or teens and young adults are mentored, the rate of addiction continues to rise. The arrests keep coming and your greatest fear is that the next overdose is right around the corner.
As a faith-based leader, you are the first line of defense on the battlefield. You and your staff work tirelessly, guiding and mentoring teens and young adults in the hopes they will remain on a positive course and say no to drugs. Despite those wonderful efforts, the addiction/overdose crisis worsens, each and every day!
What if you had in your possession an exact blueprint for mentoring teens and coaching parents with the intended outcome of fostering addiction-free kids? And, what if you could implement a new, fresh and bold strategy that would make your job easier and help your faculty defeat the addiction/overdose crisis? You can teach your community how to prevent drug abuse in teenagers.
Mentoring Teens and Young Adults
I’ll bet your faculty has worked extremely hard to keep teens and young adults on a positive path and prevent drug abuse in the community. I applaud and commend their efforts. What if, though, by understanding just one component of “The Addiction-Free Kid Blueprint,” they could exponentially increase their rate of success? Permit me to explain.
Many addiction specialists say that addicted teens and young adults have an emotional hole inside themselves, which they attempt to fill with drugs. I agree with that assessment. They are referring to personal identity or the lack thereof. The answer, however, is not to fill the hole with something that is deemed to be more positive.
The solution is to close the emotional hole!
If you close the hole by mentoring a child to build his or her own unique brand, then there’s no need to fill it. Hence, you’ve eliminated the cause and demand. That takes indirect influence. There’s a stark contrast between direct and indirect influence. Direct influence fights the effect by suggesting teens and young adults shouldn’t abuse drugs because of the negative consequences. This does not address the cause or fill the hole. The correct approach is indirect influence which attacks the cause and fills the emotional hole. This is just one component and barely scratches the surface when it comes to the power of this program. Imagine what you could do with the whole blueprint! This is how to prevent drug abuse in teenagers.
Learning Institutions – Leaders and Educators
You have invested in drug awareness education for students. You’ve brought in experts to teach kids about the risks and dangers of drug abuse. Yet, students are falling prey to the prescription and illicit drug epidemic at an alarming rate. Addiction continues to rise, and the next overdose is looming overhead.
I realize how difficult it is to watch young people step into the pitfall of addiction, especially when it is so very hard to climb out. Prevention is the best approach – just not in a conventional sense.
Over the past several decades, parents have placed greater demands, and relied more, on educators than ever before to address the addiction/overdose crisis. I’m sure your faculty has felt the pressure.
What if you brought in a new breed of addiction expert – one who could talk to students about why teens actually become addicted to drugs, in the first place, and how to avoid the pitfall of addiction? The surgeon general has been telling people for 40 years that smoking is hazardous to one’s health, yet 36.5 million people still smoke. Negative reinforcement is ineffective. That is not how to prevent drug abuse in teenagers. If we want to addiction proof kids, then it’s time to shift from direct, negative influence to indirect, positive influence.
What if as an educator you could implement a comprehensive strategy which supports that initiative – a strategy that helps faculties engage students, teaches teens and young adults how to build a unique, personal brand, and encourages students to assume personal responsibility and strive for academic as well as personal success? That is absolutely possible. And, to be honest it’s just a fraction of what you can accomplish with “The Addiction-Free Kid Blueprint.” If we work together, we can educate many people about how to prevent drug abuse in teenagers and kick the addiction/overdose crisis to the curb.
Individual coaching is specifically designed to equip leaders, youth pastors and educators with the knowledge, skills and tools to implement “The Addiction-Free Kids Blueprint” and to empower their faculties and/or staffs to facilitate the program whereby driving a successful outcome. Individual coaching is typically conducted via phone, although requests for onsite coaching can be accommodated as well.
The group coaching option mirrors the individual program regarding curriculum. The difference, of course, is coaching several clients or a group in coaching sessions. This is a more cost-effective way of delivering the same curriculum to larger teams.
If you’re a leader, youth pastor or educator, I’d like to hear about your biggest challenges and concerns regarding how to prevent drug abuse in teenagers. I’m here to listen and help. Feel free to contact me using the form top right. I can also be reached directly at 724-203-4575.