The tragic epidemic of teenage drug and alcohol abuse.

At the top of this page is a picture of a candle in a dark room. Why? The candle symbolizes  hope and light. This site is about breaking free from drug addiction: that no matter how hopeless the effort may seem, that there is always light in the darkness.

Breaking the Bad was created with two purposes in mind: information and resources for teenagers that struggle with drugs and alcohol. On this website, you will find articles detailing all kinds of drugs, so you can know the enemy and formulate the best plan to deal with it. You may be struggling with drugs and want to be free of your addiction, but simply don’t know how that will happen.  It’s for this reason multiple hotlines and centers for drug and alcohol rehabilitation are provided on the ‘Resources’ page.

The following reveals the alarming scope of the substance abuse epidemic:

  • Over 60% of teens report that drugs of some kind are kept, sold, and used at their school.
  • 11% of 8th graders have used inhalant drugs to get high.
  • Almost 50% of high school seniors have abused a drug of some kind.
  • By 8th grade 15% of kids have used marijuana.
  • 43% of high school seniors have used marijuana.
  • 8.6% of 12th graders have used hallucinogens – 4% report on using LSD specifically.
  • 64% of teens say they have used prescription pain killers that they got from a friend or family member.
  • 28% of teens know at least 1 person who has tried ecstasy.
  • 7.6% of teens use the prescription drug Adderall.
  • Over 5% of 12th graders have used cocaine and over 2% have used crack.