Get Ahead of the Problem: Focus Efforts on Youth and Prevention
Consider targeting some of your efforts on youth to prevent the potentially devastating consequences of experimental substance use, and to help young people who may be suffering in homes where addiction is present.
Children exposed to abuse, neglect, mental illness, and substance abuse in the household may experience poorer health outcomes and fewer life opportunities. These risk factors are often called Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs. As an example, those with a history of child abuse and neglect are 150% more likely to use illicit drugs in middle adulthood.
Daily marijuana use is now at a 30-year peak level among high school seniors. 40 percent of youth have tried cigarettes by 12th grade, and alcohol remains the most widely used drug by today’s teenagers. But did you know that prescription medications are some of the most commonly misused drugs by teens, after tobacco, alcohol and marijuana?
Examples of Youth-focused Programs and Services
- Offer programs on positive parenting and supporting strong family relationships
- Mentor children of parents with substance use disorders
- Support local foster children by gathering resources, donate clothing items and necessities, like cribs and car seats
- Host a faith-based recovery or support program such as The Landing, Teen Challenge USA, or similar programs for young people.
- Create a place on your website with resources, such as: