Malibu, California (PRWEB) May 21, 2013
According to a survey conducted by the Chrysler Group in conjunction with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, more than half of the teens who responded said they felt pressured to drive carelessly during prom and graduation night activities. The same study found 74% of the teens feeling pressure to drink during prom and graduation activities with 44% of the respondents stating they felt pressure to either drive after drinking or ride in a car with someone who had been drinking alcohol on prom or graduation night.
To help counter the effects of these pressures, the staff at Paradigm Malibu, a youth treatment center, will be hosting a Sober Graduation Celebration for clients, alumni and their families on Friday, May 31st. Says spokesperson Cole Rucker, “This has always been one of our favorite times of year because we get invitations from alumni who are graduating from high school, college and graduate schools. We recognize however, that many graduation celebrations result in tragedy for some members of the community, because of drug and alcohol abuse. A lot of young people overdose and find themselves in emergency rooms or worse. And then there are needless drunk driving deaths. The number of exciting futures that go unrealized is heartbreaking.”
Rucker continues, describing the unique celebration being held at Paradigm Malibu. “Our celebration is designed to provide adolescents who have overcome drug abuse, addiction, mental health and behavioral health issues with a safe place to celebrate their accomplishments. Alumni like having the opportunity to come together to celebrate not only their academic achievements, but also their recovery. They each have a unique understanding of the courage, determination and hard work it took to overcome their chemical dependency and mental health issues to achieve an academic milestone. They also value the opportunity to share their stories and be of service to those who are new to recovery.”
The event is open to Paradigm Malibu clients, alumni, their family members. Interested youth from the community may also attend with the permission of their parents. The event will feature live music, a BBQ and alumni speakers. Reservations are required and those attending are asked to reserve a space by calling (855) 780-TEEN.
About Paradigm Malibu:
Paradigm Malibu is the nations premier adolescent treatment program. This unique residential program provides treatment for teens struggling with drug abuse, addiction, mental health and behavioral health issues. Paradigm Malibu provides the highest staff to client ratio and the largest variety of clinical services available at any teen treatment program.
Malibu, CA 90265