Traumatized, Locked Up, LA Girls Starting to Get More Help

Moriah Barrett, then 14, woke up to burns on her body one night along with physical evidence that she had been raped. She had been invited to a party the night before by someone she considered a friend.

If They Had Asked: Young People in Recovery Reflect on What Could Have Been

Three young men in recovery reflect on their youth and how their addictions were mishandled by their mentors, teachers and coaches. They spoke at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Youth Substance Use Prevention and Early Intervention Strategic Initiative Annual Convening in Washington, D.C. in late 2015

Addicted to the Street Life

I was born on April 5, 1977 in Harbor City, California. I am 35 and I have been incarcerated since the age of 16. I was tried as an adult and sentenced to 15 years to life for second-degree murder and two attempted murders.

What Is Wrong With the Recovery Movement?

Justin Luke Riley’s candid approach to recovery from opioid and other addictions: “I should have a mission every day to make sure that opportunity is provided fairly, equitably to every person who needs it in this country.” Riley, 28, is president and CEO of Young People in Recovery, which works to create recovery-ready communities through volunteer chapters and programs in more than 30 states nationwide.


Six stories of losing friends to overdose are woven into one tale of drugs and loss.

Brothers & Sisters

Hurt. Frustration. Grief. Anger. Guilt. Three sisters and one brother reflect on their dead siblings’ drug addictions.

California’s Justice Reform Leaders Explore What’s Next On Agenda

A ballroom full of lawmakers, academics and criminal justice reform advocates, with a sprinkling of state and local officials, gathered to mark the one-year anniversary of the passage of California’s Prop. 47 and to hear what’s next.