Phoenix House Talks to Texas Teens at Austin Middle School

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Texas Drug Rehab Prevention Specialists Phoenix Houses of Texas reached out to a local middle school to equip students with the skills to stay free from drugs and alcohol. For five years in a row, Phoenix House prevention staff have visited Bedichek Middle School in Austin, Texas, to talk with students about fostering self-esteem, building character and finding the courage to say no to drugs and alcohol.

During the month of May, eight prevention specialists from Phoenix House taught classes to 935 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. With the support of the Parent Support Specialist Frutoso Robledo and Principal Dan Diehl, the specialists took some class time to help equip students with the skills to say no. Using the Life Skills Curriculum, the staff gave a presentation, engaged the students with interactive activities, and talked with the kids about the media influences they’re facing.

Cathy Runnels, prevention specialist with Phoenix House, says she can tell the students enjoy it: “They say it’s inspired them to look at things differently, and they really feel like people understand them and what they’re going through. I think we’re a different face that they need to see. It’s another avenue for the teachers to help dialogue with the kids and have some sense of communication. Everybody benefits.”

The prevention staff also conducted 12 presentations on tobacco use for over 350 students in the month of May. During National Prevention Week  (May 12-18), Phoenix House set up a table at Bedichek Middle School where over 50 students, administrators and parents picked up information on bullying, suicide prevention, and the dangers of drugs.

But the education doesn’t end with National Prevention Week. Staff also connected students with resources like NIDA for Teens, a site where teens can learn more about drug abuse, alcohol abuse and how to stay strong against peer pressure.

Every day, Phoenix Houses of Texas helps people facing addiction and substance abuse. If you or a loved one needs help, Phoenix House is here for you. Email us or call today at 1 888 671 9392.

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2 Comments

  • sagar shrestha

    Dear sir madam I from Nepal I need Rehabilitation center with school where boarders only do you know please right me email, sagar.shrestha@gmail.com
    I want rehabilitation with learn schools my daughter has 16 years old she learn class 10 but she was for gate the school ,now she has going on treatment in Nepal , I fine Rehabilitation center with school but in Nepal no possible because we don’t have girl Rehabilitation center with school, so please if you have possible please let me know,


  • eedelman

    Thank you for reaching out; we have sent you an email and are looking forward to assisting you and your daughter.



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