Helping drug-abusing, delinquent youth and their families
What does Drug Abuse Treatment Association (DATA) do?
When parents first come to DATA, they are filled with worry and despair. They often believe that this is their child’s last chance. For more than 30 years, DATA has been a refuge of hope for children and families struggling with addiction and severe behavioral problems. Each individual and family is unique. Each requires special care and attention.
We a re c h a n g i n g l ive s every day by providing the most comprehensive treatment , i n t e r v e n t i o n a n d prevention services to children, teenagers and families throughout Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties who are troubled and lost and struggling with substance abuse and juvenile delinquency. How does DATA benefit the community?
Substance abuse can happen to any child and at alarmingly young ages, regardless of their socioeconomic status. It is our belief that all children are good, and if given appropriate opportunities, they will become productive, contributing members of society.
We envision a community that instills the importance of education and respect for self, life and property, which empowers children and their families to reject drugs, violence and other criminal activity. DATA fully understands how substance abuse affects every aspect of an individual’s life and that high-quality substance abuse prevention, outreach and intervention level services can and will foster selfreliance, social competence and abstinence from substance abuse. What i s your a ge ncy’s focus for the future?
Increasingly, the young people coming to DATA are part of the new and tragic opioid crisis. This has an enormous impact on the lives of the addict, and his or her family. DATA is committed to taking on this new challenge.
We know that many of our youth are using opioids. We know that many with other addictions, if not treated now, will eventually begin using opioids. The best way to prevent someone from becoming addicted to opioids is to treat children and adolescents who are engaging in early use of drugs and alcohol.
We will continue collaborating with juvenile justice and the courts to identify delinquent youth who have substance abuse and mental health issues, or appear to be heading in that direction. As opioid abuse increases, working with our five-county area school districts is even more critical and we will stay focused on maintaining and expanding our intervention presence in local schools. How can the community help?
One hundred percent of eve r y donat i o n to DATA goes directly to support its exceptional, evidence-based substance abuse programs designed to meet the specific needs of children, teens and their families impacted by addiction, mental health and delinquency issues. DATA welcomes support from the communities we serve by helping us spread the word that the work we do is important and that there is a place to go when all hope seems lost. Help us by introducing DATA to corporations and other potential donors. Consider making DATA part of your annual giving with a contribution in honor of a family member or friend. All donations are tax deductible.
Walton Stoudenmire is director of residential services at DATA, which offers youth struggling with addiction a temporary home to receive therapy, behavioral modification and the opportunity to attend its on-site school at either of its centers in West...
John Fowler, president and CEO of DATA