of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If my sister Laura had honored this
dance with alcohol and drugs would never have begun. Life is too precious. Take the following pledge and let us know.
Our initial goal was 25 pledges to match the number of years my sister Laura struggled with her addiction.
Thank you for helping us exceed that goal. Our 2016 goal is to surpass 300 pledges. Taking the pledge is a commitment to honor yourself. It also serves as
encouragement for others to take the pledge as well, representing a supportive, sober, peer community.
In his book High Society, Joseph A. Califano Jr. states, “A child who reaches twenty-one without smoking, using illegal drugs, or abusing alcohol is
almost certain never to do so.” Nearly every child will be offered one of these substances from a friend before high school graduation.
Close to 25% of America’s college students meet the clinical criteria for drug and alcohol addiction.
I will live my life to the max. I will honor my mind, body,
and spirit by not smoking, using illegal drugs, or drinking alcohol before my 21st birthday. I will educate myself about these dangerous substances
and live my dream without them. If tempted, I will speak with my parents or a trusted friend. I will communicate my thoughts and feelings and stay strong.