Just as a Breast Cancer survivor can best comfort one recently diagnosed, so can a young recovering addict effectively reach our young people.
400K kids die each year from substance use! Slogans or theories no longer apply.
Young addicts are deterring 85% of teenagers from drugs or alcohol.
An Absence of Statistics
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Take a look at this emotionally moving visual representation of how drug addiction is taking the lives of our
The Effectiveness of Young Recovering Addicts Reaching Younger Students Can Literally Cut the Number of Annual Fatalities in Half...
The Problem We're Up Against
Scope of Addiction
Approximately 1100 kids die everyday from some form of substance abuse or related actions...and when it comes to what they do at parties, or with their friends, they simply do not listen to authority figures...but they do listen to us.
Logic: Would we ask a Police Officer to manage the cheerleaders, or the History Teacher to coach our football team? So, how can a school nurse, guidance counselor, or doctor reach the rebellious mind of teenagers? With the best of intentions, they've never played the game, and students know that.
NAPTA has developed a protocol using young adults who've personally battled addiction and have earned the credibility all previous prevention efforts have lacked. Students trust their sincerity and are listening to the truth they share.
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 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.