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Resources for Youth

Local Resources

Looking for treatment?

Click here for a listing of treatment providers. You can use the “youth” button to find providers that specialize in substance abuse treatment for youth.

For a variety of youth behavioral health and wellness resources for Santa Barbara County check out the YouthWell Resource Directory.

Wondering if you or someone you know really has a substance abuse problem? 

People who develop an addiction might act differently than they used to. They might change their friends, or spend a lot of time alone. They may lose interest in their favorite things, or have moods that swing from highs to lows. Physical signs that someone may be abusing an opioid include drowsiness, small pupils, and slow breathing.

People with an addiction often can’t stop taking drugs on their own; you can make sure they are able to find help. The risk of developing an addiction is higher if their parents or someone in their family abuse drugs. If you know someone who is using or addicted, encourage him or her to talk to an adult they trust. Your friend may not be ready to talk to someone about their drug use, but you can be prepared to help him or her when they are.

The Daniel Bryant Youth and Family Treatment Center offers confidential assessments where teens can explore their substance use and its impact on their life and relationships in a judgement-free environment.  Call (805) 730-7575.

YOR Place Lompoc

YOR Place Lompoc is a youth drop-in center located in the City of Lompoc to address opioid and stimulant use disorders among youth ages 12-24 years old and their families.  Services are located adjacent to the Family Service Agency at 646 N. H Street.

YOR Place Lompoc is supported by a federal grant under the State Opioid Response program, with funding provided by the California Department of Health Care Services.

For more information download the brochures and flyers below or email

> Download YOR Place Lompoc Brochure in English
> Download YOR Place Lompoc Brochure in Spanish
> Download YOR Place Lompoc Flyer in English

Want to become an advocate for change on substance abuse and mental health issues?

The Friday Night Live (FNL) program assists students who are interested in developing leadership skills foster a drug, tobacco and alcohol free lifestyle in their community. Students receive training focused on public speaking, media awareness, environmental prevention and advocacy. Participants plan and participate in fun and educational activities on campus as collaborate with local youth coalitions and agencies on environmental prevention projects. 
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The Youth Wellness Coalition (YWC) is a collaborative of community members and youth working in partnership to address concerns of drugs and alcohol accessibility to youth in the City of Santa Barbara.

Future Leaders of America, Inc. fosters youth development skills to High School students by providing trainings and opportunities to learn public speaking, advocacy and professional development. The youth learn to advocate for change within their communities and work against accessibility to drugs and alcohol.  Youth are active members through school clubs and monthly membership meetings which supports their activities away from these substances.    
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The Wellness Connection is a high school leadership program of the Mental Wellness Center that educates, empowers, and engages students. Students raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental health by promoting self-care, connection, kindness, education, prevention, and outreach amongst their peers. In Fall of 2020, the Wellness Connection welcomed more than 50 local high school students to their leadership council from high schools throughout Santa Barbara County.
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Online Resources

Preventing Opioid Abuse Among High School Student Athletes:  Playbook for Students

Do you play sports? If you’ve ever gotten seriously injured on the field or on the court, your doctor may have prescribed you some powerful pain medication.

But even though those medications are prescribed by doctors, that medication can be addictive and possibly even deadly if you misuse them by taking more than you’re supposed to.
> Check out these tips

Get the Facts. Spread the Facts.

How much do you really know about prescription opioids and heroin?
These websites and fact sheets can answer your questions. Spread the truth.

The Truth
Information about opioids, the epidemic, and evidence-based drug treatment.

NIDA for Teens
The trusted source for science-based information on teen drug use and its effects.

Just Think Twice
Drug info, true stories of youth in recovery, news and media, and tools for staying healthy.

Download: Opioid Facts for Teens

Download: Tips for Teens – Heroin

The Science of Addiction:
The Stories of Teens

Explore common misconceptions about opioids through the voices of teens in this interactive e-learning video from Operation Prevention.

Misuse of opioids is preventable. Your generation can be the one that reverses this trend.
>View here

Check Out What the Experts Have to Say

Young scientists from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) answer common questions teens ask about drug use and addiction in these short (2 min.) videos.

What Is the Worst Drug?
What you need to know about the dangers of fentanyl.

What Happens When Drugs Are Combined?
The health risks and unintended consequences of mixing substances like alcohol and prescription medications.

What is Addiction?
Learn about the brain’s reward pathway, brain development and how addiction science continues to advance treatment and prevention of the disease.

How Naloxone Saves Lives in Opioid Overdose
OK. This video is a bit longer (18 min.) but worth watching, especially if you know anyone using opioids. It could save a life, maybe even your own!