Olmsted Youth Commission 2008

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Olmsted Youth Commission 2008

  1. 1. Olmsted County Youth Commission March 5, 2008 Number of miles in my Honda from school to school in three months during this study: about 7,235.6 Removed 2 tons of carbon dioxide to offset the carbons produced during this study. ( Carbon Planet Certificate ID: 231923288592) “ Staying Clean and Sober: Students in Recovery” Debbie Lloyd, M.Ed. Doctoral Candidate University of Minnesota Department of Educational Policy and Administration
  2. 2. What does an alcoholic or drug addict look like?
  3. 3. What does an alcoholic or drug addict look like?
  4. 4. Some 2007 Statistics <ul><li>Alcohol : </li></ul><ul><li>About ½ of all Americans over the age of 12 drank in the last month. </li></ul><ul><li>10.3% heavy drinking, ages 12 to 17 (>5/month) </li></ul><ul><li>2.4% binge drinking, ages 12-17 (>5/party) </li></ul><ul><li>75%-48% of high school students had a drink in the last 30 days. </li></ul><ul><li>80% of seniors have tried alcohol. 32.5% of seniors have been drunk and 29% of seniors have participated in binge drinking. </li></ul><ul><li>Whites (32.3%), Hispanics (25.3%), Asians (19.7%), Blacks (18.6%) drank in the last month. </li></ul><ul><li>Illicit drugs : </li></ul><ul><li>9.8% to 11.6% of 12 to 17 year olds used illicit drugs in the last month. </li></ul><ul><li>13% reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Some More Statistics <ul><li>Youth (12-17) received treatment during the last school year, 11.4% </li></ul><ul><li>About 9% of adolescents are medically classified as having substance abuse or substance dependence </li></ul><ul><li>Relapse rate is high: 35% to 80% </li></ul><ul><li>Complicating issues of mental health issues for youth (depression, compulsion, bipolar, anxiety, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Resources: </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring the Future, 2007 (annual survey) </li></ul><ul><li>SAMSHA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration), 2007 (annual survey) </li></ul><ul><li>Minnesota Student Survey, 2007 (every 3 years) </li></ul><ul><li>Recent MPR special on Binge Drinking in MN, Jan 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Newsweek cover story Feb 2008 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Doweiko, 2003 Continuum of Recreational Chemical Use
  7. 8. Consequences of “being under the influence” <ul><li>Driving, accidents (falling down), death ! </li></ul><ul><li>Unintended teenage pregnancy, sexual assault </li></ul><ul><li>Brain development </li></ul><ul><li>Social relationships (family & friends) </li></ul><ul><li>Arrested emotional and cognitive development </li></ul><ul><li>School performance </li></ul><ul><li>Addiction (14 y.o. to 41% adult addict) </li></ul><ul><li>Social agencies (prison, social burden) </li></ul>“ Poor judgment may hurt self, others & society.”
  8. 9. What does a person in “recovery” look like? (interviews) “ wear my heart on my sleeve ” “ smart ass” “ probation, halfway house, job, community volunteer” “ try to learn how 2 b the person I want 2 b” “ crazy, angry, motivated” “ artistic and peaceful” “ fucked in tha’ head/krazie” “ great mother” “ Political music-snob” “ a happy, fun person” “ survivor” “ A.D.D.” “ unique and moody”
  9. 10. What does a person in recovery look like? (survey) <ul><li>Cares about other people </li></ul><ul><li>Nice person </li></ul><ul><li>Funny </li></ul><ul><li>Happy </li></ul><ul><li>Smart </li></ul><ul><li>6. Opinionated </li></ul><ul><li>7. Leader </li></ul><ul><li>Brave </li></ul><ul><li>Rebel </li></ul><ul><li>???? </li></ul>
  10. 11. Teen Recovery Issues <ul><li>“ Why can my friend drink and I can’t?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Live a drugfree life in a world where the majority of people (teens and adults) drink or use” </li></ul><ul><li>Returning to school: burned bridges with non-using friends & adults (broken trust); told to give up using friends; left with no friends when needing support the most. </li></ul><ul><li>Working a program of recovery and rebuilding trust </li></ul><ul><li>Lifelong struggle </li></ul>
  11. 13. The Road Map Describe Students School Programs Influences Friends School Peer Role Model Drink/Drug Use What does it all mean?
  12. 14. Influences <ul><li>1. What keeps students (in recovery) clean and sober? </li></ul><ul><li>2. What can schools (Youth Commission) do to help kids stay clean and sober? </li></ul>
  13. 15. Interview: “Influences and Reasons to Use and Not to Use” “ I’m tired of fuckin’ up” <ul><ul><li>“ divorce and breakup with girlfriend” </li></ul></ul>“ my son, higher power, will to live, school” “ I’m pregnant” “ clean ‘till I leave parent’s house” “ to use is to die!” “ It’s fun” “ to lose weight” “ i’m addicted” “ peace drug” “ drugs kill fear” “ divorce” “ escape reality” “ to impress a boy… how stupid” “ loved getting fucked up” “ to fit in” “ nothing better to do” “ felt important” “ school” “ friends and family” “ sponsor” “ meetings” “ daughter” “ the future” “ life style”
  14. 16. Influences to Drink/Use - Results 1 - Top 10 reasons &quot;to use&quot; in the past (SS) 1. High or buzz (96%) 2. Deal with stress (87%) 3. Forget problems (87%) 4. Easy to get (79%) 5. Became addicted (78%) 6. Important friends drank/used (73%) 7. Thrill to be bad or break the law (57%) 8. Family drinks/uses (43%) 9. To make friends (42%) 10. Community celebrations (25%) Top 10 reasons &quot;to use&quot; in the past (ALC) 1. High or buzz (66%) 2. Deal with stress (62%) 3. Easy to get (54%) 4. Forget problems (48%) 5. Important friends drank/used (38%) 6. Thrill to be bad or break the law (27%) 7. Family drinks/uses (26%) 8. Became addicted (26%) 9. Community celebrations (20%) 10. To make friends (14%)
  15. 17. SS Influences to Not to Use - Results 2 - Top 10 reasons &quot;not to use“ 1. School friends encourage sobriety (78%) 2. I feel better about myself when sober (77%) 3. I have better friends when sober (73%) 4. Afraid of school dismissal (68%) 5. Disappoint parents (67%) 6. Higher Power (65%) 7. Have more fun when sober (63%) 8. Non-school friends encourage sobriety (63%) 9. Police trouble (61%) and Drug Treatment program (61%) 10. Non-drinking school friends (60%) Presentation by D. Lloyd at the ARS Conference, Minneapolis, MD, July 26, 2007
  16. 18. SS Influences to Not to Use - Results 3 - Top 7 “Most” Influential (scale 1 – 4) 1. Support group (65%) 2. Effects on family and friends (52%) 3. Higher Power (51%) 4. Sponsor (49%) 5. Hurting others (43%) 6. School community (42%) 7. Parents (40%) Least Influential 1. Community organizations (86%) 2. TV Shows (74%) 3. TV (72%) 4. Religious organizations (65%) Presentation by D. Lloyd at the ARS Conference, Minneapolis, MD, July 26, 2007
  17. 19. Friends (using and non-using) <ul><li>“ I’m my own person” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ true friend </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>respects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>your decision” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ using friends are not your friends; they just want someone to use with” </li></ul></ul>“ using friends don’t drink around me” “ all sober” <ul><ul><li>“ It’s their decision; now its not for me” </li></ul></ul>“ they don’t drink to get drunk” “ two friends died” “ ditched using friends” “ normies; not addicts” “ choosing friends”
  18. 20. Sober School Role Models 1. 70% have them 2.Currently does not use 3. Past history of use 4. doesn’t condone drinking (attitude) 5. Talks with RM about drugs 6. Spends time with RM at school 7. Good friend 8.Influence 78% yes 9.Nonusing have more influence than using 10.
  19. 21. Interview: “What can schools do?” “ student to student… know what you’re going through.” “ Clone Mary” “ how to use free time because every day is somebody’s birthday.” “ establish a relationship with the student” “ Stop and Think week” “ be more available for questions” “ More UA’s” “ inspirational speakers” “ tell people what it’s like” “ Notice when kids are high and do something about it.” “ more realistic information” “ someone who likes kids and what they are doing”
  20. 22. What can schools (Youth Commission) do to help kids stay clean and sober? <ul><li>As a community organization (rated low on influence)… </li></ul><ul><li>1. Be informed (attend an open AA/NA meeting, learn the language, be aware of the statistics and consequences) </li></ul><ul><li>2. Be authentic. Evaluate your own values and behavior. Avoid hypocrisy. Be “real.” </li></ul><ul><li>3. Be a positive role model. Positive role models have more influence than negative role models! </li></ul><ul><li>4. Be respectful of the decision to live a drugfree life (Don’t drink in front of someone who can’t). </li></ul><ul><li>5. Promote drugfree community leisure activities (“nothing to do”); sober fun! </li></ul><ul><li>6. Be accountable (notice drug use and do something about it) </li></ul><ul><li>7. Be a friend. </li></ul><ul><li>Re-establishing trust is hard! Be open to the idea that your friend is trying to change but will likely relapse. </li></ul>
  21. 23. Olmsted County Youth Commission March 2, 2008 Number of miles in my Honda from school to school in three months during this study: about 7,235.6 Removed 2 tons of carbon dioxide to offset the carbons produced during this study. ( Carbon Planet Certificate ID: 231923288592) “ Staying Clean and Sober: Students in Recovery” Debbie Lloyd, M.Ed. Doctoral Candidate University of Minnesota Department of Educational Policy and Administration
  22. 24. Participating MN Schools (15 SS; 9 ALC) Presentation by D. Lloyd at the ARS Conference, Minneapolis, MD, July 26, 2007 8 27 WBL ALC 2 8 INSIGHT White Bear L. 10 1 6 City West Academy (Eden Prairie) 125 none 7 11 none 13 none 12 25 9 11 none none Survey (16%) ALC no SLP ALC Rose Street Center no Harmony ALC no Lincoln Hills ALC (Richfield) Detroit Lakes ALC Crossroads ALC Carver-Scott Ed Coop Cass Lake-Bena ALC no no ALC (894 or 794 enroll) 181 8 4 7 16 15 6 39 6 15 17 7 11 16 Survey (51%) 54 3 4 1 2 4 2 6 8 4 4 4 7 2 Interviews 26 SOBER SCHOOL TOTAL. none Gateway St. Paul none Safe Harbor Spring Lake Park 4 RSSM Owatonna none PEASE Minneapolis 4 North Summit Academy Maplewood none Libre Academy Litchfield West Campus (Edina) none ISD #287 5 Lakes Recovery School Detroit Lakes 5 Arona Academy Coon Rapids none Solace Academy Chaska none Aateshing Cass Lake none Oak Land Sober School Cambridge none Alliance Academy Burnsville Interviews Sober School (358 enrollment) MN School District
  23. 25. Last Drink or Use 11% 4% 2 weeks to 1 month 11 students (9%) none Less than 24 hrs 47% 6% Less than 2 weeks 7% 18% 1 month to 3 months 6% 16% 6 months to 1 year Over a year 15% 24% ALC S.S.
  24. 26. Drinks or Use in last 30 days (current use) Compare to national and state surveys… -none (39%) -1 to 5 (34%) -6 to 20 (15%) -20 to over 40 (12%) -none (87%) -1 to 5 (10%) -6 to 20 (3%) -20 to over 40 (<1%) ALC Sober Schools
  25. 27. Amount Used at one time in the last 30 days (current use) Compare to national and state surveys… -none (36%) -1 to 2 (24%) -3 to 5 (17%) -over 5 (23%) -none (88%) -1 to 2 (7%) -3 to 5 (1%) -over 5 (4%) ALC’s Sober Schools
  26. 28. “ Which words best describe you…” -leader (49%), rebel (46%), brave (42%), prefer to be by self (35%), moody (33%), looks cool or hot (32%) -rebel (43%), prefer to be by self (40%), moody (40%), looks cool or hot (39%) +25% -nice person (84%) -cares about other people ( 87%), nice person (86%), funny (78%) +75% -funny ( 72%), cares about other people ( 67%), happy ( 65%), many friends ( 62%), smart ( 60%), opinionated (54%) -happy (74%), smart ( 70%), many friends ( 66%), opinionated (64%), leader ( 61%), brave ( 56%) +50% -follower (11%), dumb (10%), loner (7%) -loner (17%), dumb (8%), follower (7%) Under 25% ALC Sober School

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