After spending time with the wrong crowd, Briana* found herself mixed up with drugs and alcohol, pressured by those she called friends. Though she did not like drugs, Briana was afraid of loosing her “friends” and often used drugs to please them.
Briana decided she needed a change, and chose to seek help from Youth Outreach Services (YOS). Her counselor soon discovered that Briana also suffered from depression, and immediately developed a safety plan for her.
Since Briana was an aggressive individual, she wanted to show the world that she was not scared. As a result, Briana would get in alterations both in and out of school. She also had a distant relationship with family and did not communicate with them about her feelings, instead locking herself in a room and bottling up her emotions or taking her anger out on her little sister.
Despite Briana’s struggles, she was always willing to participate in activities at YOS, including her individual counseling sessions, often times learning ways to apply tools she was given into her daily life. After two years at YOS, Briana has made an incredible transformation in her life.
She has made tremendous progress in communicating with her mother, who she now says is her best friend, always there to tell her right from wrong. In addition, as a sophomore atMortonEastHigh School, she recently joined the wrestling team, her grades are improving and she has a positive view in life.
Briana has been drug-free for more than one year. As an outspoken, intelligent young woman who achieves what she sets her mind to, Briana is a powerful example to her peers at YOS.
*Name changed to protect the identity of youth