Drug and alcohol addiction is a tough and devastating issue to say the least. Here we have a problem that has grown steadily worse and worse as the years go by. Now, it is a serious problem for the youth of our nation more so than for anyone else. In this video, Jared Blake, proponent of Live to Be and sponsored in part by SAFE (Stopping Addiction with Family Education) gives a presentation on what he is trying to do to bring drug and alcohol abuse amongst youngsters down a notch.
Jared Blake speaks out about his story from his own past about substance abuse. He doesn’t give an ironed out speech, and he doesn’t act authoritative or bossy. He just tells his story about drug and alcohol abuse. He talks about Live to Be, and how the organization supports living above the influence. However, Jared Blake’s approach is all about helping teens to find their own path without anyone having to tell them what to do.
- “If you start with a negative, you get a negative. If you start with a positive, you get a positive. Today we’re in Nashville, but the future is America.” -Jared Blake.
Jared talks about his own history and his past and how the great things that happened to him came from focusing on the positive and the future and what he was trying to do with his life at that time. He tries to inspire kids to follow their goals and to realize their true potential, and to not be distracted by drugs and alcohol.
SAFE (Stopping Addiction with Family Education)
SAFE helps to sponsor Jared Blake in his efforts to travel the country and speak in schools to deliver his message to students nationwide. SAFE is an excellent, very helpful and impassioned organization that follows along with and fully supports Jared Blake and Live to Be.
SAFE puts a focus on addressing the family members who have a loved one who suffers with a drug or an alcohol addiction. With over twenty-three million Americans addicted to drugs and alcohol that means that there are about one hundred and fifty million Americans who would call those addicts their family members or loved ones. Also, with the number one source for an addict finally agreeing to go to rehab coming with the help and urging of a family member, SAFE has made it their mission to help the family members and loved ones of addicts through education, information, data on addiction, data on treatment, and most importantly data on how family members can actually help their loved ones and not just enable them.
Live to Be
Live to Be is a nonprofit organization that works directly with Jared Blake and which orchestrates the traveling to schools and promoting awareness and like-minded discussion. The team of volunteers at Live to Be work to spread awareness and valuable data, and to help kids, teens, adolescents, and young adults to make logical and informed decisions for themselves.
Live to Be empowers today’s youth to just “Fill in the blank” so to speak with their future. The whole idea of the program is to reach out into the community and to help young people everywhere to find out for themselves what their goals are, what they want to do with their lives, what they want their futures to be like, all while not telling them what they can and cannot do. The Live to Be group also helps teens and youngsters to fight doubt, confusion, hopelessness, and peer pressure.
Events and projects like what Jared Blake, Live to Be, and SAFE are working on are really making a difference and should be supported!