Association for the
The National Association for the Prevention of Teenage Addiction
is a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It was established in direct response to appeals from superintendents, parents, and school officials to address the problem of substance abuse within our juvenile population.
Our Objective is to provide an explicit view of true addiction, a comprehensive understanding of exactly how and why many teenagers (or younger)
are turning to drugs or alcohol and how we can collectively
prevent this from becoming an epidemic.
Mission: The Graphic Truth was created to arrest the escalating use of deadly drugs
within our schools…responding directly to the urgent requests from area
superintendents and fearful parents. It is our mission to reach out
to young people in any city, town, region, or state, and from one
individual to thousands, from black to white, rich to poor,
brilliant to challenged, healthy to ill, supported to
abandoned, functional to handicapped, famous to
forgotten, law abiding to criminal, loved to
discarded, full of hope to laden with
despair, and provide them with the
only information they need to
avoid the pain and anguish
of addiction: The Truth.
A snapshot of our 3-fold Initiatives
1) The Graphic Truth which is a live school to school presentation, hosted by young adults who have personally battled addiction & understand the problem from the inside.
2) Youth Empowerment Program which offers an intensive training protocol to young people affiliated with character-building organizations, enabling them to provide strong peer to peer influence of abstinence within their schools and communities.
3) Assault on Addictiona half-hour TV broadcast on a network affiliate discussing many topics such as the latest dangers facing our youth, interviews with leading advocates of substance abuse prevention and research, and news segments highlighting items from national tragedies to proposed legislation and laws.
Board of Directors
Students indicate they are moved by personal experience and sincerity.
(See complete report statistics on "Our Initiatives" page)
When it comes to what teenagers do at parties, or with their friends, they simply do not listen to authority figures...but they do trust those they see as peers.
This is simple logic. We wouldn't ask a carpenter to teach plumbing, or a police officer to train surgeons, and if you
are forming a football team, you probably would hire
someone who has actually played the game.
The Problem We're Up Against
Our students are more knowledgeable and have greater access to information than previous generations…and when combined with the glorification of "partying" by the entertainment world, we have a growing trend, which is leading young people into very dangerous territories.
Because of the escalating number of tragedies, parents are no longer interested in slogans or theoretical ideas at the expense of their children’s lives. A local group of educators, prompted by concerned families responded by seeking a prevention program that would hopefully divert young
people from experimenting with drugs or alcohol.
When kids are fed very misleading information, disseminated from
social-media sources, blogs, numerous entertainment websites,
and uninformed peers, they have very little reliable
information to dispute what they are being told.
Therefore, the problem is getting accurate information from credible sources in a manner that is easy to comprehend, with the highest degree of retention. Our live presentations incorporate the use of graphic video re-enactments, a colorful animation, and a very provocative media production illustrating the physical damage many substances can have on a young developing brain. The first-hand experience of the hosts accurately challenges the false information young people are receiving.
Recovering Abusers Confronting Students about Drugs & Alcohol.
Formally 'The Graphic Truth'
85% of Students respond to young adults hosting live school presentations!