Addiction Prevention; Start Early
Addiction can be prevented by educating teens about the risk factors of drug use. It is important that parents and advisors speak to their kids about life choices. Parents should know their teen's activities and pay attention to sudden changes in behavior. They should establish rules and consequences and explain how their choices now will affect them in the long run. Encouraging parents to provide support, set a good example, and have a healthy and open relationship with your teen. There are programs in school and out of school that encourage teens to take part in alternative activities to practice new skills and to strengthen their commitment to making positive choices.
D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 and has proven so successful that it has been implemented in thousands of schools throughout the United States and other countries. This program gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. They are usually a series of classroom lessons that teach children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.
Stay Humble Pray
Stay humble pray was created by Kyle Quilausing. His goal is to inspire, motivate, and prevent young souls from falling in the same trap that he had once fell into. This programs is to spread awareness of the dangers effects of drugs use by sharing out personal stories. Not only Kyle but other local friends in Hawaii share their experience with drugs, and how they were able to overcome addiction. Kyle is proud of this organization and said, "Reaching over 167 schools and a total of 142,000 students in the last 5 years, I have carved my promise to give back and pass on what I have learned."