Top 5 Charities To Stop Addiction, Inspired By The "Addiction Angel"

Alicia Reddy who is also known as the "Addiction Angel," is truly an angel on earth. Her mission is to help those who are struggling with addiction problems. Reddy is a registered nurse and a drug interventionist. She is extremely passionate about helping those in need. She started this charitable act when three of her close family members struggled with addictions and substance abuse and she was there to help. When she is not working as an RN at Staten Island University Hospital, the Addiction Angel holds interventions or is helping families and friends who are helping their loved ones fight through addiction.

Deeply inspired by the Addiction Angel's selfless story, here are the top 5 charities that were formed to help beat addictions and save families. Check them out here, and don't forget to check out Alicia Reddy's story on YouTube!


1) Amy Winehouse Foundation

This charity was formed after the tragic death of British soul-singer, Amy Winehouse. After her fatal overdose and passing in 2011, this foundation was organized to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol addiction among young people. Through music education, music therapy programs, and drug prevention programs, the Amy Winehouse Foundation aims to support those who are most vulnerable to drug abuse and addiction. In addition, this foundation also provides scholarships to students who come from broken or disadvantaged families. Check out this innovative and amazing charity inspired by one of the greatest singers of our generation.

2) Shatterproof
Shatterproof was formed in 2011 by Gary Mendell, an entrepreneur who lost his son to drug addiction. Since the formation of Shatterproof, the organization has raised more than $9 million dollars and is extremely active in various advocacy campaigns, lobbying for legislation, as well as addressing any gaps in funding for addiction treatment programs. Shatterproof's mission is to protect from drug and alcohol addiction and to end the suffering of those affected by addiction. Shatterproof's main goal is to decrease the number of drug-related deaths among young people by half in the next 20 years. Check it out here!

3) Natural High
Natural High is an organization that looks to inspire youth to find their own path in living a substance-free lifestyle. This organization was created in response to the ineffectiveness of the prevailing Just Say No program. Natural High provides educational programs that has reached out to more than 20,000 classrooms. In addition, Natural High partners up with drug-free celebrity role models who share their stories about their life, goals and how they achieved their dreams. Check it out!

4) To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA)
To Write Love on Her Arms is an organization that was founded in 2006 to help tackle substance abuse issues and related mental health issues such as depression, suicide and self-harm. TWLOHA has raised millions of dollars for other related organizations around the world. This foundation has also partnered with universities, social media platforms, and music tours including the notable VANS Warped Tour to help spread their positive message.

5) Angels at RiskAngels at Risk
This non-profit organization was created by former Cheers TV star, Ted Danson. Angels at Risk reaches out to thousands of families nationwide by addressing issues that children and families are facing and who are affected by substance abuse. Angels at Risk provides family supports groups and parent/teenager education/support groups that educate them on the dangers of substance abuse. Their mission is their belief that reaching out to teenagers can help families heal from addiction, but can also help other struggling families through sharing their stories of addiction.

These 6 Charities Are Doing More Than Just Surfing!

1) Surfrider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit organization who are passionate about protecting earth's playground- the oceans, waves, and beaches. This foundation is purely dedicated to keeping our oceans clean and our beaches safe from pollution. This environmentally conscious group ensures clean water, healthy ocean coastlines, and more accessible beaches for everyone to enjoy. They are always searching for natural solutions to the various threats that our oceans are constantly facing.

Surfrider is a community of everyday people who passionately protect our playground - the ocean, waves, and beaches that provide us so much enjoyment.


2) The Mauli Ola Foundation (MOF)

Established in 2008 by a group of California surfers, The Mauli Ola Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing hope and confidence to individuals living with genetic diseases. By using the organic healing powers of the ocean, this nonprofit group makes surfing and other ocean-based activities into naturally therapeutic activities. Their goal is to share and spread their knowledge of the ocean, family values, community, and overall good vibes. Every year, the group hosts various benefit events, including beachside concerts, "surf experience days," and more.


3) Gary's Surf School

This surf school was founded in 2002 by South African native Gary Kleynhan. His goal is to teach free surf lessons to street children around the Cape Town area. The idea is to get the kids to "hang loose," instead of hanging out in the dangerous streets. Gary believes that if you can get these children on a surfboard, you're more likely to keep them out of trouble. Gary's Surf School has been around for 14 years and only continues to grow and expand! If you, your friends or family ever plan a surfing trip to South Africa, check them out!

4) Operation Amped

Operation Amped is all about giving back to servicemen who were wounded in the line of duty. This organization was founded in 2006 and their mission is to "share the stoke of surfing with seriously ill, injured or disabled U.S. military veterans and their families." Operation Amped "shares the stoke" by fundraising for the veterans and host multi-day surfing clinics. Check it out and share the stoke!

5) Surf Dog Championships

This surfing charity is focused on bringing together dogs and sharing their talent of surfing the waves. The NorCal Dog Surfing event & Championships for Dog Surfing takes place on the Northern California Coast where the concept of dog surfing originated. During this amazing dog surfing event, they offer several activities including the surf competition and prizes galore. This event is not only for the sport and fun of riding the waves, it's also for great causes. It helps raise money for local charities by sponsoring a contestant or a team and a large portion of the proceeds go to animal and environmental non-profits.

6) Surfer's Healing

This wonderful surfing charity holds surf camps for children with autism. Founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz, they started Surfer's Healing for their son Isaiah, who has autism. Israel Paskowitz grew up surfing around the globe in true surfer-vagabond style - traveling to different surf spots on a bus with his family. Israel and Danielle are here to pass around the power of the ocean on to over 4,500 children and their families each year. Their mantra is "one child, one family, one day at the beach." Surfer's Healing is now a nationwide, grassroots non-profit charity, be sure to check out their website and pass around the healing powers of the ocean!

Cheetahs Are So Shy They Need Dogs For Emotional Companions

Cheetahs are stunningly exotic animals known for being fierce felines within the animal kingdom. Blessed with extraordinary athletic abilities and equipped with a glossy coat of spotted fur, cheetahs saunter around while exuding a majestic, dominating energy. Cheetahs surely have a ferocious and threatening physical appearance. However, they tend to be very nervous animals by nature. Hard to believe, right? As beautiful and confident as cheetahs look, they are incredibly anxious and don't know how to socialize with each other.

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