We have a purpose because you have a purpose.
Nearly 1.3 million U.S. teens have a substance use disorder.
Drug and alcohol use among school age youth is a significant problem — both in Michigan and nationally. Recent data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that approximately 6% of 8th graders, 10% of 10th graders, and 14% of 12th graders, regularly use illicit substances. These numbers continue to grow, particularly in Michigan, where the state was recently identified as having the second highest rate of drug abuse in the country (Wallethub, 2019).
Recovery for these kids is often unsuccessful when they return to their schools of origin and are surrounded by the same peers — and the same opportunities to use. When faced with this issue, many families may select online high school as an option. However, that’s a simple answer for a complicated problem. The teens never develop strong coping skills because they are isolated from their peers. That’s why they need to be with peers who understand what it means to be a teenager in recovery.
We are here for you.
Wellspring Lutheran services is a statewide nonprofit committed to engaging people at every stage of life to help them experience and embrace their God-given potential. It’s work we’ve been doing for more than 125 years.
Wellspring helps change lives, build strong families and transform communities through a diverse set of services including: adoption services, affordable housing, assisted living, behavioral health, family preservation, foster care, home care, hospice and grief support, independent living, memory care, parenting support, short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and supportive housing for youths. More than 1,100 employees carry out our work statewide, impacting people in more than 50 of Michigan’s 83 counties.