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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A Chronic Condition Like Diabetes

Everything You Need to Know about the Teen Brain

Everything You Need to Know about the Teen Brain

Treatment Research Institute founder/director and former deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Tom McLellan, Ph.D., says:

“23 million Americans are addicted to alcohol or other drugs, while 40 million engage in harmful use and are defined as having a substance abuse disorder (SUD). He adds that the treatment system for drug addiction is built on a false model (you become addicted, you get treated, you’re “cured”). Instead, addiction is a chronic condition like diabetes or hypertension and must be medically managed long term.”

SafeLaunch Flights Above Addiction: Kids Fly Free!

Two of the teen artists who painted the first “Fly Above Addiction” Cessna 182 in Santa Barbara saw the beautiful world of opportunities available to all children who avoid the early use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs that cause the disease of addiction. Help us prevent addiction where it begins 90% of the time…in children.

Santa Barbara Teen News Network Applications for Season 5 are open. Sign Up Now!

SafeLaunch is excited to announce that applications for Season 5 are now being accepted. Please click here for more information! 2013-14 sbTNN Application