Does D.A.R.E. Really Work?

Drug Rehabilitation in Asheville NCD.A.R.E is a widely-known program used all over the U.S. to teach children about drug use prevention. Their slogan, "just say no," was first used in 1982 by First Lady Nancy Reagan. The slogan was her response when a girl asked her what to do if a friend offered her drugs. It was a great answer and soon, D.A.R.E was using it as their slogan in hopes of teaching children to do just that; say no to drugs.

Unfortunately, back in the 80s, as well as now, drugs are a cause for concern with our kids, despite the fact that we hope our children never encounter drugs.

In our previous blog post, we talked about D.A.R.E. and gave an overview of the program, and how it can help children. If you missed it, visit back here. However, this widely known program might not be as effective as one might think. If your teen needs help with addiction, call Legacy Freedom. We offer the best drug rehabilitation in Asheville NC.

When the program was founded in 1982, it was hoped that keeping kids from using drugs by educating them to the dangers was possible. Unfortunately, by 1991 there were tons of studies showing that the program had no effect on drug use at all. Early versions of the program just didn't work. There was a boomerang effect involved that actually led to a higher rate of drug use.

According to, "A large U.S. survey conducted in 2012 by psychologist Lloyd D. Johnston and his colleagues at the University of Michigan revealed that fully 24 percent of 12th graders had engaged in binge drinking (defined as five or more drinks on one occasion) in the past two weeks. Moreover, 42 percent had consumed at least some alcohol in the past month, as had 11 percent of eighth graders and 28 percent of high school sophomores. In addition, 1 percent of 12th graders had tried methamphetamine, and almost 3 percent had used cocaine in the past year."

A few researchers stepped in to help revise the curriculum. However, after much thought, the revisions were rejected.

The idea behind D.A.R.E. was that if police officers told kids how bad drugs are and why they should stay away from them, they would. But they didn't think about why the program was not effective. Legacy Freedom offers drug rehabilitation in Asheville NC that's extremely effective at beating addiction. Call us today.

Because the program was in high demand, they continued on, without much concern about what their goals were and whether or not it was effective.

For years D.A.R.E. was not a successful program in terms of keeping kids off drugs. However, now the program has been completely revamped. It now works with a stamp of approval from the substance abuse and mental health services administration. The new program is called keepin’ it REAL. It launched in 2011 and is not a program that focuses on being anti-drug, but one that works to help children learn decision making skills that will help them be honest, responsible, and safe.

After almost three decades of research, it is safe to say that drug-resistance programs are now more suited for effectively keeping kids off drugs. We hope this information helps you better understand how to help your children learn what it means to refrain from drug use and why.

We hope this information helps you and your teenage son or daughter with prevention of substance abuse. The dangers of using drugs or alcohol at a young age are serious. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Legacy Freedom. We are here to help.

If you think your teen is suffering from an addiction, don't lose hope. There are substance abuse treatment programs that can help. Consider the following options for your child:

  • Educational therapy groups
  • Family advising and education
  • Holistic education
  • Individual therapy
  • Recovery planning for relapse prevention
  • Recreational activities
  • Team building

Drug rehabilitation in Asheville NC at Legacy Freedom isn’t like any other type of rehab your teen will experience. We offer the following to those struggling with drug or alcohol use, in hopes to help them learn what life without drugs and alcohol will be like:

  • adventure therapy
  • comprehensive onboarding and evaluation
  • drug testing
  • dual diagnosis
  • family therapy
  • group therapy
  • individual counseling focused on the individual’s needs
  • life skills
  • parental support and assistance

Teenage years are difficult for adolescences. It's a time when they're expected to be more responsible, plan for their future, do well at school, and yet still, somehow, manage to act like the child they're not ready to let go of. It's a hard time for parents as well. One thing is for certain, there are professionals out there that can help you both during this time. If your teen is using drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism for pressures in life contact us.

Affordable Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation in Asheville NC

Do you think your teen son or daughter is suffering from an addiction and aren’t sure where to turn next? Regardless of how bad your drug or alcohol use has become, help is always available. You’re not alone in this. Recovery is just a phone call or visit away. Contact Legacy Freedom of Asheville to learn about drug rehab and our highly successful outpatient therapy. We are here to help you get back on track to a healthier, happier life with affordable drug rehabilitation in Asheville NC that really works.


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