Correspondence with Tom Hedrick, Parent Support Leader, The Partnership at

April 6, 2012
Subject: Knowing when it starts

Dear Brad,

Did you know that 90% of addictions start during the teenage years?

It’s true; 9 out of 10 people who meet the medical criteria for drug or alcohol abuse or dependence started smoking, drinking or using other drugs before the age of 18. But you can cut the risk in half by just talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol.

Substance abuse touches us all, and preventing it begins with knowing when it starts. So today I’m asking you to share this knowledge with everyone you know.

As I read through all the powerful stories sent to us by people like you, this same theme shines through: Sustance abuse starts young. Gaby S. knows it all too well – she shared this story about her daughter:

My daughter was on a downward spiral for a long time before I even knew it. She hid it so well, until we started noticing money missing from everywhere in the home … then we noticed my son’s car missing one night – that’s how we knew something was wrong … She asked me to find her help …We looked for a rehab and today my daughter has been living in a half way home for four months … we are all proud of how much she has grown.

Gaby was able to find help for her daughter – and at The Partnership at, we’re here to help you, your friends and your family get the support you need. And one of the first steps is helping people understand the issue.

Share the infographic and make sure your friends and family know when substance abuse starts and when it’s time to talk: on Facebook


Tom Hedrick
Parent Support Leader
The Partnership at

To: Tom Hedrick
Subject: Knowing when it starts

Dear Tom,

Joseph A. Califano Jr. through his Columbia University CASA research verifies your opening sentence statistic. 25% of our nation’s college youth either clinically abuse or are addicted to alcohol and/or drugs. Teens who don’t drink or drug before 21 significantly reduce their probability for future addiction. 182 champions pledge to honor mind, body, and spirit without alcohol or drugs before 21 at Laura’s Pledge page. I have worked with The Parnership at to share this message through your Facebook wall in the past. Please consider cutting and pasting our Sobriety Pledge to your Facebook wall again! Our 2012 goal is to welcome 200 pledges … 18 to go. We also affirm recovery on our Sobriety Anniversary web page where 720 participants celebrate 9350 clean & sober years. Our 2012 goal is to welcome 10,000 Sobriety Anniversary years … 650 and we’re there. Please share our addiction prevention and recovery website resource with all whom you know.

Thank you.

Sincerely, Brad Mersereau

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