Spotlight On The Intern

08 September 2015 Written by 

There are plenty of statistics about teen and college student use of tobacco, cannabis, alcohol and other substances. There are also lots of news reports about college incidents related to substance and alcohol use, including assault, overdose, suicide, and alcohol poisoning. A greater number of incidents go unreported. Over 1800 college students perish at school each year in incidents related to substance use.

Teens And Substance Use

NIDA (National Institute of Drug Abuse) studies indicate that 15% of teens are already addicted in high school and are at risk for death by the time they reach age twenty. That’s 15 in every 100 teens and 150 in every 1000 teens. The mortality rate for young adults is higher than any other population, except the very old. Many other scary facts (like one in four college co-eds are raped or assaulted as the result of substance use) are available to anyone who wants to know.

So, while the nation sent our precious children off to college with high hopes last week, many parents don’t think about what will happen to them there, what they will be exposed to, what traumas they may experience, or even that they may be at risk.

Parents Substance Use Impacts Children 

Another taboo subject is the negative impact of substance use on children and young adults that can lead to risky behavior in high school and college Many parents don’t think that their drinking, taking prescription medications or eating and smoking cannabis could possibly hurt their children. After all, they’re adults. Many adults drink responsibly. Others don’t.

Alcohol Use

National Association of Children of Alcoholics reports that: “Roughly one in eight American adult drinkers is alcoholic or experiences problems due to the use of alcohol. The cost to society is estimated at in excess of $166 billion each year. There are an estimated 26.8 million COAs (Children of Alcoholics) in the United States. Preliminary research suggests that over 11 million are under the age of 18.”

Other Types of Substance Use

These NACoA statistics refer to drinkers but there are many other kinds of substance user parents. Children of substance users are often ashamed, taught not to tell what happens at home, and suffer in silence. Their interactions and relationships reflect the experiences they’ve had at home.

ROR Brings New Voice To Recovery Reporting

Parents and educations don’t hear directly from high school and college students about what has happened to them or what is happening which makes them feel no one is there to listen. Do t need to change or does their environment need to change so they can be grow safely. Reach Out Recovery is proud to introduce our Intern, a college senior who is also a COA to start bringing the voice of young adults to the recovery table.

Welcome To Our Intern

Reach Out Recovery Exclusive By Leslie Glass  

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Leslie Glass

Leslie Glass is the winner of the American Society of Addiction Medicine 2016 Media Award for her groundbreaking documentary "The Secret World Of Recovery." She is a journalist, playwright, the author of 15 novels and the founder of Reach Out Recovery. She is the producer/director of "The Secret World Of Recovery," and the teen addiction prevention documentary "The Silent Majority" which was distributed by American Public Television to all PBS stations in 2015. Leslie is currently developing more websites and technology to further the recovery and healthy living cause.
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