An estimated one in four teens has tried unprescribed Rx drugs."A lot of kids use it to help their moods," Barrett tells us.I believe that teachers have the responsibility of being parents in terms of the social and mental health of the kids."A big part of Barrett's role in the program involves sharing his own personal experiences (either in person or via Skype video chat), to help the kids feel more comfortable opening up about what's going on at home."I never got help or had anybody to talk to about my mother's addiction to drugs," he tells us.He was discovered at age eleven and signed by producer Troy Patterson, after singing "I'll Make Love to You" at a Coppin State College talent show.
And this August, Barrett is kicking off a nationwide tour of middle schools, high schools and colleges to speak about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
"I want to inspire these kids to take another route and let them know they're not alone.
I want them to understand that they can learn and build from their experiences." Live Right Do Right currently operates in Barrett's hometown of Baltimore, but plans to expand to Philly too.
Residents leave with a commitment to their recovery and the skills to maintain it.
Banyan offers individualized treatment, a faith-based option, and a variety of amenities at its 5 locations.