I’ve been abusing alcohol since I was a teen. I faced a lot of trauma as a young kid from a poor community. Not knowing how to deal with my trauma, I began to drink and became emotionally dependent on alcohol.
At a time when communities across the country are interested in evidence-based youth programming, an April conference will bring together leaders from the field to discuss what’s possible.
In the behavioral health field, it is clear that the most high-stakes developmental period is adolescence, when mental illness and substance use problems often emerge. During adolescence, experimentation or risky use of substances can eventually progress into addiction, with 90 percent of individuals with substance use disorders reporting that they initiated use of substances before age 18.
A leading out-of-school-time organization is disappointed in the Obama administration’s budget request for next fiscal year, saying it fails to recognize the growing demand for after-school programs.