UpFront Confronts the Problems
Assessing the reality of the substance abuse situation is step 1.
Chief among the challenges adolesscents face today are those related to alcohol and other drugs. Whether in large urban high school or rural elementary schools, students' lives are touched by tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use. When considering the one issue which accounts for the largest number of student problems, what would it be?
The answer often comes back to alcohol and other drugs. Once you successfully target that issue, by association you get access to issues of school failures, pregancy, violence, neglect, sexual abuse, school adjustment problems, depression, family and cultural issues, suicidality, etc.