My friends and I enjoy planning a night out with our teenage children (both boys and girls in the group) and decided to attend this tour together. We opened the evening by taking the children to dinner then each drove in our own vehicles to afford them the opportunity for one on one discussions in the car on the way home from the tour. This was one of our most valuable nights out as a group. It was an eye opener for the children and educational to all of us in attendance. I will be forever grateful for the education provided as well as the reality of the consequences when confronted with unwarranted circumstances. My daughter had so many questions afterwards and now years later, often refers to the tour and how it impacted her teenage years. Thank you so much for a great experience! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wishing to educate their child on drugs, but not so sure as to how to initiate the discussion or where to begin seeking out materials!
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Hello everyone my name is David Griffith and i had the honor of being involved with the reality tour in Butler Oct. the 8th. I was the undercover cop that made the arrest. I have to tell you that i myself am in recovery for the last 22 months. I was amazed at the reaction of the parents and the teens that were in attendance.I feel that this program could change the attitude of both parties involved. I myself spent 22 years in prison for different offences ALL DRUG AND ALCOHOL Related. I don't know if a program like this could have changed me or not. there was no program at the time. But rest assured that if we only change one person it could be your son your daughter or even you. I hope that this will peak your curiosity and would welcome your visit to the program. In Recovery GRIFF!!!
The Reality tour is an effective way to make teens (and parents) aware of the tremendous dangers of drug use, as well as the negative impact drugs have on individuals, families and communities! Well done, RB
The reality tour was an amazing experience and something that every parent/child should do together. In the middle of an opioid pandemic in this country we def need to be able to open lines of communication in the house n the reality tour helps do exactly that with a very hard stigmatized subject that many parents don’t wanna talk about. Thinking it could be your child on drugs is never an easy concept, however at the rate of overdoses in this country, it very easily could be anybody’s child. Addiction does not discriminate and the reality tour helps bring all of this into focus. Excellent tour with exceptional people. This tour also serves a bigger purpose for the community and our country by getting facts about drugs out there. I personally feel prevention is way better than treatment for addiction.
I went to my first Reality Tour in 2017, in search of a Drug & Alcohol program to introduce to the Parents' Association at Vincentian Academy, and have been impressed to the point of now participating in the local Cranberry Twp., and Mars monthly sessions (usually the Grieving Father), while trying to gather a core group of movers and shakers in the Pittsburgh North Hills to form our own Reality Tour.
It was my turn to tally the post-session survey last month, and see clearly that both the parents and their 10-15 year old children benefit from all aspects of the three hour event, especially from the actor scenes and the testimonials of the recovering high school addicts, while long-term previous participants report that the Tour opened up a lasting channel of communications within their families--and opened up the eyes of often naive parents.
Reality Tour is a successful, winning step in solving the drug and alcohol problems plaguing our nation. Respectfully, Ed Catozella
I attended a Reality Tour by CANDLE Inc just recently and after experiencing it I immediately wondered why I didn't have something like this when I was a young kid. Instead of the kids hearing about what happens to you if you starting abusing drugs, they actually witness it happen. Which obviously leaves a bigger impact on them and the parents watching their kids watch it. I think every school should partner with CANDLE Inc so the kids not only see what could happen to them, but their friends and family as well. I can't wait to help out with more and impact more parents and their kids lives.
The Reality Tour is still helping families prevent drug and alcohol abuse after all these years. I've been so fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful organization! The friendly staff and dedicated volunteers really have designed and crafted a wonderful program highlighting the reality of what drugs and alcohol offer: jail, tragedy, and death. It's such a courageous and honest approach to a topic that was clouded in stigma and misinformation for far too long! I support the mission and wish many years of success!
As a volunteer in 2009, the Reality Tour helped to change my opinion of the value of drug prevention programs. The approach brings real-life experiences into plain view, which seems to have a greater impact than traditional methods. I've since returned as a board member to help carry out CANDLE, Inc.'s mission, in hopes that perhaps one young life may be pointed in the right direction.
"I attended Reality Tour as a member of the Slippery Rock University community who is studying public relations at the university. In the public relations field of study, I have learned that having strong community relations is vital to the success of all organizations. Reality Tour does just that in looking after the youth and parents of local communities and showing them the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Public relations is all about appealing to the audience with information important to them and working with their best interest in mind and that’s exactly what Reality Tour does."
After attending Reality Tour with our son, we all gained valuable knowledge and talking points to discuss issues, as a family, that surround us. It is a great program, very informative. We were so touched by the program that we now volunteer and hope to make a difference.
I attended my first Reality Tour and I gained a lot of insight on exactly what the nonprofit was all about. I learned a lot of vital information that is now able to share with my family and friends. I have begun to encourage those friends and family members to also attend the tours located near them.
My family attended Reality Tour in Butler shortly after we lost Amber to this horrible disease. Reality Tour is a very good program that brings up good conversations within families and communities. My family had some very good talks about the program and the information.
Thank you for organizing Reality Tour and making it available to communities.
I attend Reality Tour for the first time this past April and it was such an eye-opener. The information presented to the parents and children is shocking and needs to be made more public. There were times that parents would gasp when told a statistic, or get teary eyed when the guest speakers discussed their past addiction and how it has negatively affected their lives. I was touched by the whole experience and I hope that I will be able to take my kids to a tour in the future.
The information was good and informative. However it lacked child engagement and age-appropriate activities.
What's an amazing program! Every child and parent should see. The dramatic scenes are very impactful. Definitely worth attending and could truly save your child!
I first experienced Reality tour when I took my boys. It was a great experience for the entire family. We all learned something and it opened up the door for more open communication. The fact that the parent experiences it with their child is priceless. We were so impressed with it that we now volunteer with the local tour to hopefully direct other kids away from drugs.
I would have loved to do this when I was younger. I think this opens the eyes to parents on what to look for. I think Kids will have an eye opener also , they will see how much peer pressure and the desire to fit in is very strong.
The Reality Tour program is so wonderful for our community and others. I love knowing that I am able to make a difference in people’s lives. Our society has a drug epidemic and it will not get any better if people do not try and help. The Reality Tour does just that. I appreciate that this program enables me to be an advocate for drug prevention. I will continue to help my community through the amazing program of the Reality Tour. This is an awesome volunteer opportunity for anybody wanting to make a difference.
We attended the October session of the Reality Tour with our 6th and 7th grader. Wow - it was impacting! The presentation was "real" for both kids and parents - never a dull moment. Understanding the difference between 1980's and today was sobering and scary, but I was so glad to have received the information accurately, in an open forum, and explaining the consequences to our kids and the community. The two boys from the Detention Center that spoke definitely made it real for our kids because they are so close in age and describing how fast or unintentionally it can happen. The tour ended by providing a guide to continue the conversation for the next few weeks, which has opened up conversation even further. I'd highly recommend making the time to attend.
The Reality Tour was an amazing experience that taught me about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol. I learned so much from the program and I truly believe that the Reality Tour is the reason for me staying clean throughout high school. I feel everyone should experience it and learn that drugs are not irrelevant in the community and how to stay away from them.
As a new volunteer for Reality Tour, I cannot think of a more worthwhile program for our children, grandchildren, parents, grandparents and extended family. Reality Tour is not just informative, but a tool for parents and children to learn about alcohol, drugs and its serious and dangerous ramifications. It is an evening of learning and hopefully, life long prevention.