The Issue: Prevalence of Youth Drug Use in Maine
Roughly 16,000 Maine adolescents aged 12–17 used an illicit drug in the past month, according to a US Department of Health and Human Services report on the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2003 to 2006. Of these, 13,000 used marijuana and 6,000 used an illicit drug other than marijuana. A total of 8,000 adolescents also reported needing—but not receiving—treatment for past-year drug problems. This stage of life is critical for social and behavioral development.
The Campaign: Sponsoring a Nature Excursion for Youth
If this Grassroots campaign raises $250, then Day One can sponsor one resident adolescent recovering from substance abuse on a woodland excursion to the St. Saviour Tree Farm. Located in southern Maine, the St. Saviour Tree Farm is a youth-development organization where clients can build an appreciation for the natural environment, engage in individual and group activities, and develop teamwork and leadership skills. Recreational programs can also teach adolescents recovering from substance abuse how to spend their leisure time in a constructive, healthy way. Each additional $250 raised will sponsor another resident on the excursion.
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Day One has worked to prevent, intervene in, treat, and address the after-effects of substance abuse in adolescents and young adults for nearly four decades, using in-school services, outpatient therapy, and a residential program. The residential program targets adolescent males who have succumbed to substance abuse. These clients live at the center for eight months to a year and undergo a series of challenges, setting goals to help learn how to make positive choices and healthy decisions. Outpatient services include individual, group, and play therapy for survivors of substance abuse or children affected by substance abuse. These participants use tools such as group discussion and creative writing to cope with the abuse or neglect they may have suffered. The center also engages youth in creating healthy futures through peer programs at local schools, where teens help each other talk through and develop strategies for overcoming substance abuse, eating disorders, or self-harm.