I am the director for Reality Tour in NY. We've never had anything like this in our small county. It was hard to get it going, but when do have a tour, we rarely have a dry eye i the house and the impact is shown. We have parents coming up thanking us for the tour and we've even had people come more than once and refer others to come. It is literally a "reality" tour, in the life of an addict. It's so much more impactable because teens and parents are able to see the truth instead of just hearing it.
Reality Tour became part of the Iron Mountain Public Schools in 2012 as a response to the infiltration of synthetic marijuana in our school and community. The program has had a remarkable impact on the children and adults. Reviews and comments from program participants have all been positive. Reality Tour has made a difference in our school.
As a parent and youth group leader, Reality Tour opened my eyes, and my teens eyes, to the dangers of drugs. It put my family on a level playing field when it comes to talking about drugs, and my teens know that I've been educated. There were so many important points that I learned through Reality Tour that were invaluable to my family. It's a must-do activity for all families!
As a coordinator for the Reality Tour in Fayette Co., WV, I have seen several youth and parents that have felt an impact from these tours. I have had comments telling how much the Reality Tour has meant to them and some that have said they would no longer use drugs. There have been comments to continue the tour because it helped them to stay clean. Personally, I like having the opportunity to give to the community by providing access to information and resources . This is a life-changing opportunity and a program that is not available to the community otherwise. I feel this is a very worthwhile program.
What a classic, easy to implement community support system to educate families on the dangers lurking readily to our youth. The focus on prevention vs. rehabilitation is extremely cost-effective not only in after care dollars but in preserving the ability of our youth to grow and mature into all they can be. The learn how to say no and how to recognize the dangers. It is by community for the community and all reap the benefits. The volunteers are dedicated and provide the core of the delivery of this important message that allows families to have open discussion and address the issue of drugs before it's a crisis in the family.
As a pharmacist and mother of an 8th grader, the program is so meaningful to me. I feel it should be mandatory for preteens and teens. Drug abuse in our community is a real problem and I am so grateful the Reality Tour is proactive in reaching the kids before it potentially takes hold of them. Having been robbed at gunpoint last year working as a pharmacist in a local community pharmacy, I know the reality of drug addiction, tolerance and what desperation can lead a person to do.
The reality tour is an exceptional program to help keep children away from drug and substance abuse. The program opens up lines of communication between children and parents/guardians to keep the focus on a drug-free lifestyle. This is high impact and a must for children and parents to live a drug-free lifestyle. Otis DiCerbo
Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation