Teen Addiction Anonymous

a 12 step program generated by teens for teens with teens
To date, there have been over 20,000 times a teen has opted to attend meetings for support and outreach.
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MPOWRD provides teens the vehicle to navigate from hopelessness to hopefulness. - Rick Miller, President of Kids at Hope

MPOWRD leadership meetings must be co-facilitated by staff trained by Teen AA, preferably those with a background in counseling, social work, health, or psychology. Site locations must have two adults trained as facilitators. No other adults are invited to meetings, unless there is a fidelity check through Teen AA. Observers, parents, or other staff are not allowed to "observe" the process in order to protect the privacy and confidentiality of participants.

Once the staff is trained, it is imperative to be consistent about following through with the weekly meetings. Participants become very loyal to the program, and need the assurance that there will always be a meeting in place waiting for them.

Our kids are not expendible... MPOWRD can help them cope, deal with their daily struggles and provide accountability, in a way that "adult driven" or "adult lead" groups just can't.
- Kim Obert, Parent of Kent Edwards (4/4/85 - 9/22/03)

In schools, meetings will be most effective if they are run during the school day. Trying to get teens to attend before or after school, during lunchtime or in the evenings is extremely difficult. If necessary, you may switch periods each week so that no one class is affected by multiple absences. This process takes organization and constant reminders to teens.

MPOWRD meetings will give facilitators a chance to note any teen who may be in a crisis mode, so that they can work with the teen as a "follow up" after the meeting. It is also a time to teach "boundaries," so that teens disclose information that they will not regret at a later time. Although we want teens to be able to be open about their life experiences, we also want to protect them from any issue that could cause them personal harm.

MPOWRD is positively impacting youth engaging in high risk behaviors.
- Charles Flanagan, Director of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

Groups should be limited to 8-10 teens. Teens may only attend on the basis of privilege. If a teen is not ready for the responsibilities of this group, he/she may be asked not to attend until they talk to the facilitator and commit to the rules of the group. MPOWRD may not be "required," but could be offered as a diversion program, or a means to count as "hours" toward fulfilling a required activity for supporting positive decision making.

Teens will eventually run the entire meeting with facilitators being present to make sure that the guidelines and format are being followed.

I have never seen anything as powerful as the MPOWRD approach to assisting youth to make better choices for their lives in such a short time.
- Debi Neat, Safe and Drug Free School Trainer, Phoenix Union High School District

Curriculum Content

The training program offers a comprehensive approach for individuals planning to offer MPOWRD meetings within their facilities. Redefining addiction, developing unconditional support standards, creating new strategies in teen empowerment, defining confidentiality factors, working on assessments, simplifying the steps, working through trust issues, and ultimately teaching teens to be "present" for each other, are several of the key components which will be emphasized during the presentation and breakout sessions. 

Curriculum Content - Level Two

Facilitators working with health provider communities and state supported juvenile corrections agencies utilize a curriculum program that enhances the content, through the series: STEPS, Challenges, and MPOWRD (processing information that is learned from a  personal perspective).