Strong families, youth, and communities are important to a prosperous and productive America.  Many of us have young family members, teens specifically, who are struggling or have struggled in the past with issues of substance use, abuse and addiction.  It is very important to identify, locate and employ organizations that can develop and deliver programs and educational resources to families and teens at risk of substance abuse.  Organizations with proven, effective strategies and plans of attack go a long way in equipping at-risk teens with the basic skills needed to lead positive, productive and contributing lives.  CEASE (Center to End Adolescent Substance Abuse Encounters, Inc.) is one such organization.  CEASE is a 501 c (3) non-profit adolescent substance abuse prevention organization with a vision to end substance abuse in our communities one at-risk teen at a time.  CEASE was founded by Jeannie Armstrong in September 2013, in Fairfax County, VA.  CEASE identifies adolescents at-risk for substance abuse by providing prevention classes, building strong adult-adolescent-community relationships, and fostering leadership skills through service learning and health and wellness activities.  CEASE's website can be accessed at

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