Teenage Drug And Alcohol Abuse

978 Words Mar 7th, 2016 4 Pages
Teenage drug and alcohol abuse is becoming a major problem in the United States. Abuse of illicit substances eventually leads to an addiction. Drug and alcohol addiction is a disease, and it is contagious. It does not spread through germs; it spreads through families, schools, and communities. There are two youth prevention programs that try to exceed at decreasing the drug and alcohol abuse in teenagers. They are the D.A.R.E. program and the Serenity House based out of Texas. The D.A.R.E. program, also known as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is a national substance abuse prevention education program that seeks to prevent the use of drugs and alcohol in the young teenagers of America. D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 by Daryl Gates who was the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department at the time. "The story goes that when Gates noticed the number of drug busts on school campuses was increasing, he had the idea to focus on prevention education instead of punishment" (Cima, 2015). Gates wanted police officers to teach elementary and middle school classes about the effects of these substances. He felt teachers, and doctors were not a qualified fit for the job. Although, I find that the D.A.R.E. program exposes teenagers to the topic of drugs and alcohol before it even becomes relevant to them. The Serenity House, however, takes a different approach when it comes to the prevention of youth drug and alcohol use. "The mission of the Serenity House Impact Youth Program is to…

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