Addiction

Natural High provides alternative to substance abuse

Natural High provides alternative to substance abuse

Jon Sundt’s anti-drug message to teens is much more than “just say no.” He wants teens to pursue a “natural high,” meaning a passion for things in their lives that provide them a healthy alternative to substance abuse.

Before advising teens to reject drugs, said Sundt, a La Jolla resident, “We believe you’ve got to give them something to say yes to first.”

More than 20 years ago, Sundt founded a nonprofit, now called Natural High, that uses a variety of methods, from celebrity videos to classroom materials, designed to guide students toward discovering their passion, whether it’s art, sports, religion, music or environmental causes, or something else.

Sundt is also an...

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