Annelle offers these tips to youth:
- Lean on a support system. Reach back to the staff at the agency and tell them your successes and bumps along the road. When you spend so much of your life with someone, you want to keep in touch with them.
- Talk to a school counselor or outreach worker about substance abuse issues.
- Nothing is going to happen overnight. It may take years, and many good and bad days, for you to feel completely confident about living independently.