Rachel, a former youth client, reached out to YSB staff recently. As a high-schooler, she was referred to YSB to address her use of alcohol. Today she shares,
"For me, getting friends meant doing the things they were doing. I had my first cigarette, my first drink, and my first high at the age of 13 and things only progressed from there. You never really think you’re going to become an addict or an alcoholic until that drug or drink takes ahold of you and doesn’t let you go."
She requested to volunteer with YSB because she wanted to help other youth avoid what she went through.
"The road for me wasn’t easy and there were a lot of bumps. As my sobriety grew, I knew I had to give back. I had a positive experience with the Youth Service Bureau and thought if I could volunteer and talk to youth about my experiences I could save even just one person from making the mistakes I made."
She now speaks to participants in our Chemical Awareness classes - sharing her experiences and message of hope with teens facing similar challenges and behaviors.
"Being sober is the hardest path I'm ever going to walk on but it's more than worth it."
YSB is expanding our school-based Chemical Health services in Districts 834, 833 and 622.
Visit ysb.net/gala to learn more and support this important work.