Every year, we read stories about distraught parents who have lost their teenager because of a driving accident. It's always a tragedy and sometimes avoidable. Yes, accidents happen. However, accidents that occur due to driving under the influence aren't necessary. As a reminder of how important this issue has become, we, as a nation, annually recognize National Teen Driver Safety Week.\r\nAbout National Teen Driver Safety Week\r\n\r\n\r\nThis year, we will be recognizing National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) from October 21 - October 27. The whole point of NTDSW is to provide teachers and parents with a platform to discuss driver safety issues with their students and kids. As part of the discussion, we want kids to learn about the dangers of driving under the influence of any substance.\r\n\r\nNTDSW also reminds us that parents still have significant influence over the choices their kids make. By example and open conversation, parents can make a difference by discussing relevant issues. It's true that texting has become a serious threat to today's teen drivers. Just the same, a record number of kids are using drugs and alcohol and sometimes, getting behind the wheel of a car.\r\nThe Statistics\r\nSince National Teen Driver Safety Week is all about awareness and education, we must be willing to discuss the facts. Unfortunately, the statistics tell a disturbing story of loss. From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):\r\n\r\n \t2,300+ teens, age 16-19, lost their lives in car crashes in 2015\r\n \tTeenagers are 3x more likely to die in car crashes than adults 20+\r\n \tIn 2016, 20% of all high school students reported being in the car with a drunk teenage driver at some time during the year\r\n \t60% of the teenagers who died from drunk driving accidents were not wearing seatbelts\r\n \tAmong male drivers between 15 and 20 years of age, 22% of the fatalities involved alcohol\r\n\r\nGetting Help at Beaches Recovery\r\nDuring NTDSW, we hope teenagers will take the opportunity to discuss possible addiction issues. At Beaches Recovery, we maintain teen drug and alcohol rehab programs because of the growing number of teenagers who need help. With that in mind, here's a short list of our treatment services:\r\n\r\n \tDetox programs at Tides Edge\r\n \tInpatient drug rehab program\r\n \tOutpatient drug rehab\r\n \tDual diagnosis treatment for co-existing conditions\r\n \tFamily counseling services\r\n \tAftercare programs,\u00a0including transitional and sober living\r\n\r\nIf you feel your teen might be dealing with an addiction problem, National Teen Driver Safety Week might be the right time to discuss it. If you want our help, contact Beaches Recovery treatment facility at <a href='tel:8666050532'>866.605.0532</a>. You can help your teen get back on track to a life full of possibilities. The time to place that call is now.