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Young Adult/Teenager

Get Help

You don’t have to face this alone. Talk with a trusted adult to express your concerns. Don’t wait, someone’s life may depend on it!

Take the self-assessment for Teenagers to evaluate your situation.

Who should you tell? A parent is usually a great first choice. There are plenty of good options: a teacher, coach, or principal with whom you have a good relationship. A pastor, youth minister, or someone else from your church. How about an aunt or uncle? Just make sure it’s an adult that you trust and be persistent. If your first choice doesn’t work out, try someone else.

Get Informed

What can you do if a friend has a drug problem?

It is critically important that you have accurate information when acting as a trusted friend for your peers on substance use and abuse. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens website was created for middle and high school students and their teachers to provide accurate and timely information for use in and out of the classroom. The website also has interactive quizzes, computer wallpapers, avatars, posters, and other engaging activities to facilitate independent learning.

Above The Influence

Every teen's life is filled with pressure, some of it good, some of it bad. Our goal is to help teens stand up to negative pressures or influences. The more aware you are of the influences around you, the better prepared you will be to face them, including the pressure to use drugs, pills, and alcohol.

Ohio's First Recovery High School Projected to Open Fall 2018

Students newly in recovery from substance use disorders often relapse upon leaving treatment and returning to their old school. A large influence on this pattern is that the most common triggers for adolescent relapse, school stress and the socialization process, are left unmitigated at the average school. The purpose of a recovery high school is to give students in recovery a high-quality education in a safe and supportive environment that is specifically conducive to substance use recovery. Heartland High School will fill this gap in recovery support services for young people, crafting Central Ohio’s first and only recovery school.


Get Connected

Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network

The Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network (OYLPN) consists of youth-led substance abuse prevention providers and youth across the state who are committed to the cornerstones of youth-led prevention, peer prevention, positive youth development, and community service.


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