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If you watch the show Rehab with Dr. Drew, you may have just watched the season finale.   If you haven’t, I recommend you buy it on itunes.

And while there were ups and downs and the constant turmoil associated with addiction, the best part of the show was the end.

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Dr. Drew revealed that 6 months after the taping, every single one of the patients were still clean and sober.

While some may criticize this type of show of glamorizing drug use and exploiting sick people, we feel that the show really shows the scope of addiction.

People are able to get a better understanding of the disease.

Many of these people were extremely sick when they entered the Pasadena Recovery Center.

But through time they made their way through the illness to learn what keeps them sober.

The work of the professionals on the show is exceptional. Bob Forrest really works with Dr. Drew as a 1-2 punch to get control of people and their disease.

If you’ve never seen the show, or you dismissed it because you thought it was just the latest group of celebrity misfits, I suggest you watch this most reason season with regular people.

They represent the face of the young American drug culture.

We are constantly filled with stories of celebrity drinking and drug use.

Teensavers likes to look at the other side of the coin, in this latest edition of stars of sobriety.

John Larroquette has quite an accomplished career as an actor on the small screen and on Broadway.

Perhaps a bigger accomplishment is his sobriety. 30-years ago Larroquette had had enough with the drinking and drug use.

He shared a story recently with attendees of an event at the Arapahoe House in Denver, Colorado.

Making the decision to forgo the bottle chose to be a wise one.

A cleaned up Larroquette would go on to star in one of the most popular sitcoms of the 80’s, Night Court. He would also win five Emmy Awards.

And while there may be a mantle that those trophies sit atop, his most cherished possession may be his strength and courage to put down the bottle.

He told the crowd that the he got sober the same day as his father’s birthday.

He marveled at the coincidence.

Then he shared that his father died of alcoholism.

And spoke of how that would be a coincidence he would fight to avoid.

It’s not uncommon for a month to go by without seeing a celebrity arrest or entrance into rehab for their apparent drug use.

Now, Jessica Biel is making news of a positive nature when it comes to drugs.

She says you won’t catch her partying til the wee hours with other A-listers. She says she heads for the hills when gatherings start getting too wild.

In a recent interview with The Sun newspaper, the 30-year-old actress said, “If there is a huge drug fest happening and everyone is getting it on in the bedroom, it is probably time to leave.”

She attributes her clean life to the fact that she got an early start at 14 years-old with a regular gig on “7th Heaven.”

“It was like having two families, my real one and the cast. My mom had me under curfew, so I was well known on TV at the same time as having to be back home early.”

Teensavers believes that Biel is the kind of Hollywood role model Hollywood needs. You don’t see her stumbling out of Hollywood clubs on TMZ.com. She’s the kind of star kids can look up to. She has had a career in the public eye for more than half her life, and she handles it by making responsible choices.

The actress is engaged to Justin Timberlake.

 

MTV sheds “Skins”

The show debuted with a mass hysteria about sex, drugs, and alcohol
use by minors.  But after a several episodes the show’s audience had
dwindled greatly and you heard very little about the show since.
Teensavers was very vocal in the show’s portrayal of teens.   We even
ran commercials for the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit during the show to
provide a bit of positive family imagery.   We will wait and see what
MTV replaces it with, as the network is known for pushing the envelope.

 

 

A&E TV has numerous breakthrough programs.   Their latest could be a life saver.   It’s called Beyond Scared Straight.   It is a documentary and each episode will focus on children (yes some pre-teens) who have already taken a twisted path headed the wrong direction.   There is a press release below.      If you think your teen is too young to watch this program?  Think again!

This is the type of TV that is needed to counter what is typically glorified on television.  Teens see the money making hustling life of a teen that is benefiting from drugs, violence, and crime.   Take a look at the true tales here.   This is a show that could help your teen see that messing around with drugs, leads to a life behind bars.

A huge applause for A&E to bring this to the airwaves.   Most networks wouldn’t have the guts to bring this programming to the table.  The real question is, will parents have the guts to sit with their children and watch this?   Hopefully they will.

A&E NETWORK PRESENTS THE NEW ORIGINAL SERIES “BEYOND SCARED STRAIGHT”

EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY ARNOLD SHAPIRO AND BASED ON HIS ACADEMY AWARD AND MULTIPLE EMMY-WINNING DOCUMENTARY “SCARED STRAIGHT!

SERIES WILL PROFILE UNIQUE JUVENILE INTERVENTION PROGRAMS INSIDE PRISONS AROUND THE COUNTRY

PREMIERES THURSDAY, JANUARY 13 AT 10PM ET/PT WITH A SPECIAL 90-MINUTE EPISODE INSIDE AN ALL WOMEN’S PRISON

NEW YORK, NY – December 13, 2010 – A&E Network presents “Beyond Scared Straight,” a new series executive produced by Arnold Shapiro and based on his Academy Award and multiple Emmy-Winning documentary “Scared Straight!,” that will profile unique approaches to juvenile crime prevention in prisons around the U.S. The series premieres Thursday, January 13 at 10PM ET/PT with a special 90-minute episode at a women’s prison in central California.

“Scared Straight!” has become an iconic name and a cultural phenomenon over the years. The film made a huge impact – showcasing the radical and effective juvenile intervention program that took place in a New Jersey prison. Since they were created, both the prison program and the film have turned countless kids away from drugs, violence and crime. The power of the original “Scared Straight!” program has inspired dozens of inmate-run intervention programs in men’s and women’s prisons across the country; and this series will showcase several of them. Under the auspices of Arnold Shapiro, “Beyond Scared Straight” profiles the new approach to keeping today’s kids from becoming tomorrow’s convicts.

Much like the original version of “Scared Straight!,” these youthful offender programs put boys and girls of all ethnicities, ranging in age from 13-18, into intensive one-day in-prison sessions that show them the realities of life behind bars. However, in many dramatic ways, these 21st Century programs are very different from the original because today’s youth needs a different approach. For current teens, city streets can be as dangerous as the life they believe exists behind bars. TV, film and music have glorified the gang and prison experience and the task of “scaring” teens is more complicated now than ever. As a result, inmates have had to adapt their methods – making them more a combination of intimidation, information and communication – and the results for the new program have proven to be equally effective.

Each 60-minute episode of “Beyond Scared Straight” will focus on a different prison program in the U.S., following 4 -5 at-risk teens. Viewers will follow them as they attend the program, experience their intensive one-day in-prison session and then follow up with them one-month later to see the lasting impressions the program has left on them.

In the special 90-minute premiere episode, five at-risk teenaged girls get a close-up look at Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla, CA. In addition to the grueling day that’s planned, the prison has arranged for an extended stay – a total of 72-hours in prison – for the teens if they can’t convince the inmates they’re going to make positive changes in their lives. The girls range in age from 12 – 17: Leanna, 13, is a preacher’s daughter who loves shoplifting, drugs and alcohol. Pricilla, 15, boasts of having had more than 20 fights and was expelled for threatening to burn her school down. Cecilia, 12, smokes marijuana, drinks regularly and talks proudly about her association with a gang. Her mother happens to be in this prison, and she’s never seen the way her mom lives on the inside until now. Cecilia’s best friend, Desirey, smokes, drinks, shoplifts and associates with gangs. Emily, 17, who is abusive toward her mother, has an explosive attitude that she fuels with excessive drinking and drugs. Seeing for the first time that their lives are out of control, the girls have a chance to make a change or continue on the road to prison.

“Beyond Scared Straight” is produced by Arnold Shapiro Productions for A&E Network. Executive Producer is Arnold Shapiro. Co-Executive Producer is Paul J. Coyne. A&E Executive Producers are Robert Sharenow, Laura Fleury and Jordana Hochman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miley Cyrus is an 18-year old teen.   She may be a TV star, movie star, singer, and all around world famous can-do-everything girl, but the truth is she is only 18.     TMZ.com video shows Cyrus using a bong and smoking what appears to be Salvia.   If you aren’t familiar with what Salvia is, this paper published by Johns Hopkins University experts should explain it.

Cyrus shouldn’t be persecuted for this.   This is between Cyrus and her parents.   You can’t blame TMZ.com for publishing it.  It’s a great get, and it’s about the four billionth episode of teen celebrity stupidity caught on tape.     But this can be a tool to discuss drugs and peer pressure with your teen.

Families sit around the dinner table and talk about what’s happening at school, what’s happening around the community, and certainly what’s on TV.   You couldn’t have gotten by a TV, newspaper, or the internet last week without seeing this headline.    Parents can use this as an advantage, whether or not they believe in the “what Miley does, my teen will do”, belief that some parents have.   First of all, I think anyone over 14 knows that Cyrus is no role model.    Families should talk to their teens about drugs and alcohol or trying things whether it’s something you smoke or sip.

Salvia isn’t new.   It’s been around for centuries.   It will continue to be here, probably outlasting humans.   But as more teens find ways to utilize products to produce a mind-alerting effect, parents need to be more vigilant.   Communicate with your teen.   Talk to them.    Read them stories from the newspaper about teens dying form drug use.  You are going to tell your child that the stove is hot.   They will touch it anyway.

Being honest with your teen about marijuana or cocaine or ecstasy is important.   Relate stories of drug use from your time.   Most people have probably lost someone they know to drugs or alcohol.   Alert your teen to the dangers.   We know teens are going to make mistakes, but we don’t want those mistakes to be deadly ones.     Home drug testing is another way to keep your teen safe.    Some teens already have to test for school, and many will have to test for a job some day.

Myteensavers.com believes in an educational system for teens and parents.   Teensavers home drug tests are a total program.  They are a solution to the biggest secret in your family.   Don’t be the next family at the funeral home or mortuary planning your child’s services.