Stopping the disease of addiction before it starts to ensure healthy futures for America's teens

Flights Above Addiction

Flights Above Addiction is a traveling teen art and aviation program that informs communities that addiction is a preventable chronic brain disease contracted in adolescence 90% of the time.

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Media $500 Contests

Media $500 Contests invite secondary students to produce compelling art and media illuminating the risk of early alcohol, tobacco, and other drug exposure.

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Science of Addiction

Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.

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Paradise Cafe Presents Live Art on the Patio to support SafeLaunch

The Paradise Cafe proudly announces the restaurant’s first live art event, a benefit for SafeLaunch, to take place this Sunday afternoon on Paradise’s garden patio.


Join Paradise Cafe in supporting SafeLaunch. 
Put together a table with your family and friends, 
and enjoy a great evening for a great cause!

Dinner: $60 per person 
Includes entree, beverage & dessert

Make your reservations now! 
Call or text SafeLaunch at 805-283-7233

This Sunday’s event will feature the live creation of a portrait by esteemed local artist Monika Molnar-Metzenthin while guests dine. Patrons will likely experience a familiarityMonika Molnar-Metzenthin as the portrait emerges, as most of us have someone in our lives who is living this same journey. At the end of the event, the portrait will be auctioned with proceeds to benefit SafeLaunch’s primary addiction prevention programs.

The Paradise Cafe is owned by Randy and Janet Rowse.  Mr. Rowse also currently serves on the Santa Barbara City Council and is a member of “Fighting Back”, a committee of local educators, law Randy and Janetenforcement and elected officials that seeks to address the many problems caused by substance abuse and addiction. Rowse’s unique position as a downtown businessman and public servant makes him acutely aware of the part of our social fabric which has been so badly frayed by the devastation of addiction.

Ms. Rowse and Ron Cuff, a retired Navy Commander, co-founded SafeLaunch to inform communities about the science of addiction that puts young people at increased risk of developing the disease. SafeLaunch Co-FoundersThe epidemic of this chronic brain disease affects us all, often resulting in homelessness, poverty, crime, child abuse and domestic violence.


Please reserve your seat now to join the Paradise Cafe in supporting SafeLaunch, a primary addiction prevention initiative whose mission is to prevent addiction before it starts, where it starts 90% of the time… SafeLaunchMissionin early first exposure to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Make your reservation now by calling 805-283-7233!

SafeLaunch with the Action Foundation and PAL Bring Free Counseling to Families in Santa Barbara

Free Drop-In Family Counseling Comes to Santa Barbara!

Beginning in Fall 2014

If you are a parent or a teen looking for help with a particular issue or simply wanting to make your family life more peaceful, these sessions are for you!

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Why Do We Care?


Kid Painting Wheel“The brain is the repository of our humanity, wisdom, our ability to love, learn, create, compute, compose, contemplate, think, to remember, to feel empathy for others, to engage in justice and compassion. We recognize how precious, unique and fortunate we are to be the bearer of functional minds. We are united in a passionate desire to protect the minds of our most vulnerable – the children.”

– Dr. Bertha Madras, Harvard Medical School