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We feature stories of recovery, advocacy, and invite anyone who is passionate about making a difference in their community. People are even using this as a resource for those who are struggling and for those who want to learn how to actively get involved”
Episode Snapshot: This week we share the youth research that we have collected over the past 3 years in an academic study called “Understanding the teenage drug epidemic within rural communities” which is a collaboration between Wisconsin Voices for recovery and us over at Rise Together.
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Understanding the teenage drug epidemic within rural communities; a collaboration between “Wisconsin Voices for recovery” and “Rise Together”
Misuse and overuse of illicit and non-illicit drugs amongst Wisconsin adolescents has increased. While significant progress has been made to address this issue within population dense regions of the state, many rural communities struggle to establish effective recovery support services. The purpose of this brief review is to summarize some of the major differences that likely contribute to teenage substance misuse and disorders within urban and rural communities. In addition, we will review urban rehabilitative approaches and discuss how these may, or may not, be effective in rural settings. Finally, we will highlight a novel approach of peer leadership through “RISE TOGETHER”, and how this approach may be uniquely positioned to address substance misuse and disorders amongst rural adolescents. In this report you will be able to…
- Review changes in teenage drug use within Wisconsin
- Discuss some of risk factors associated with urban vs rural teenage drug use
- Discuss recovery methods that are currently being implemented within urban communities. Reflect on how these approaches may not be well suited for rural communities.
- Summarize “RISE TOGETHER”; origins, approach, effectiveness.
- Summarize rural adolescent substance misuse and disorders and effectiveness of peer support services
Do you know somebody that may need help from addiction or mental illness?
We want to help those who are suffering from addiction and mental health disorders by providing you some of the best know resources mentioned in this week’s episode and listed below.
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- Discussed youth approach and the methodology behind the study
- Discussed Rise Together’s school speaking tour, their school programs, and the student-led curriculum they are using.
- Discussed how they are partnering up with Party.0 to help 1,000’s share their story of recovery. Check out our website and learn how you can share your story through music, art, poetry, video, and more.
- Wisconsin Voices for Recovery
- University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Collegiate Recovery Support
Also, check out all the resources mentioned by visiting Rise Together’s “FIND HELP” section at www.weallrisetogether.org
This week we encourage you to get involved in your community or by supporting us online. In order to make long lasting change, people need to start dedicating their time and resources to the cause’s they most care about.
Episode Call to Action:
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About Anthony Alvarado
Rise & Grind Recovery Radio is brought to you by Anthony Alvarado. As a person in long-term recovery, Anthony has a strong desire to change the conversation around addiction and in turn – change the world we live in today. He is the President and Co-Founder of Rise Together, a grassroots organization helping to lead a movement of young people to stand up and speak out on the issues they care most about. Anthony and his organization aim to break the silence around suicide, bullying, mental illness, drugs, and alcohol.
Rise Together’s mission is rapidly spanning the United States. Since September 2013, Anthony has personally traveled over 200,000 miles, taken the stage over 400 times with his team, and educated over 125,000 young adults on addiction and mental health.
Anthony speaks on many different topics but often addresses the need for new creative & innovative solutions that will educate, engage, and empower the young people of today. He shares successful strategies with prevention agencies and school administrators. He has spoken at national conferences as well as state mental health and school conferences.
Now, he has founded Rise & Grind Recovery Radio, where he welcomes guest to engage in conversation around recovery from all over the world.
He is a loving father, son, brother, and friend and spends his free time connecting and conversing with others.