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SafeLaunch in the AOPA News: Painting a life without addiction

From AOPA, the Aircraft Pilots and Owners Association

February 12, 2015

By Dan Namowitz

Winged Dream Machine Helps Teach Addiction-free Lesson

FAA for HomepageAn airplane-as-metaphor for “the vast possibilities that a life without addiction holds” is helping a California nonprofit steer youngsters away from early exposure to drug abuse.

SafeLaunch, of Santa Barbara, California, taps resources of education, art, and aviation to preempt the damage that drug or alcohol abuse can inflict on its most vulnerable prey: children.

When exposed to alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs, “children are up to six times more vulnerable to the brain disease of addiction than adults,” SafeLaunch says, citing information from addiction education organization Casa Columbia. That means all children. Forget about demographic or socioeconomic sub-categories, or common notions of at-risk populations. When it comes to the vulnerability of children to addiction, labels don’t apply.

About 90 percent of the time, addiction begins in the teen years, SafeLaunch says. By facing down addiction for what it is—”a preventable brain disease”—SafeLaunch believes addiction can be defeated.

How do art and aviation play a role in prevention?

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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!

Family Counseling Flyer

 

Santa Barbara Teen News Network: The best TV show made by teens

All teens in Santa Barbara County are invited to join the cast and crew of sbTNN.

Check this out and register at www.safelaunch.org/sbtnn!