LOCAL Houston | The City Guide October 2016 - Page 34

GISH AT THE MOVIES HOUSTON’S SOBER TEENS INSPIRE A REVOLUTION The stats about teen drug use in our country are alarming – 1.3 million adolescents currently have a substance abuse disorder, 9 out of 10 adult addicts say their addiction began in their youth, and the drug overdose death rate among teens has more than doubled during the past decade. These are grim statistics – and yet here in Houston, there is a dedicated group of adults determined to change those numbers and buck all trends. Generation Found (www.generationfoundfilm.com), a new film by GREG The film features interviews with leaders in the youth recovery field here including GEORGE YOUNGBLOOD, founder of APG Teen and Family Services/TAFS (www.teenandfamilyservices.org), and JOHN CATES, founder of recovery school Cates Academy(www.threeoaksacademy.org) and APG Lifeway International (www.lifewayinternational.org). And one of the most touching stories in the film is that of the TAFS Sunnyside APG, spearheaded by residents Arn