Starting the Conversation About Drugs and Alcohol

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What is Real Talk?

Real Talk offers high school students a unique opportunity to hear Miss Florida 2016 Courtney Sexton discuss the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and provides a safe environment where students can engage with her about the challenges they face daily.

Who is it for?

Real Talk was created to educate high school students about the dangers of substance abuse. Rather than focusing on statistics and graphs, which are often meaningless to teens, Real Talk’s intention is to speak honestly about the reality of drug and alcohol abuse. We also want to empower those who are struggling with addiction to come forward and seek help safely and confidentially.

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Real Talk has reached 2,150 students and counting

Can I bring this to my school?

Yes, we would love to speak at your school. Our goal is to diminish the impact of substance abuse and addiction on high school students. If your school is in the state of Florida and would like to host a Real Talk presentation, please reach out to us today.

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Meet the host: Courtney Sexton

Courtney Sexton, Miss Florida 2016

Courtney Sexton is a second-year graduate student at the University of Central Florida in the health services administration master’s program. Once she has obtained her degree, she plans to work as a health administrator in a children’s hospital. Miss Sexton represented Orlando in the 2016 Miss Florida pageant and won the title on July 2, 2016. She’ll be traveling the state of Florida to educate high school students about the risks of substance abuse.

Our Partners

Advanced Recovery Systems

Advanced Recovery Systems

Advanced Recovery Systems is an integrated behavioral health care management organization committed to helping its clients achieve long-term recovery from addiction, eating disorders and mental illnesses, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. The physicians and staff at ARS facilities provide personalized, confidential and effective care at every stage of the rehabilitation process. is an educational website that provides information about addiction-related topics, including the science behind addiction, evidence-based treatment options and recovery resources. Our mission is to equip people battling substance use disorders with up-to-date news and tools for a successful recovery and a substance-free future.

University of Central Florida

University of Central Florida

Real Talk is partially based on the research of Michael Dunn, Ph.D. and Thomas Hall, Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida. Their Alcohol Literacy Challenge™ is the first classroom-based prevention program that specifically and systematically challenges students’ beliefs about the effects of drinking alcohol. The ALC has been presented across the United States to thousands of students and has been recognized by SAMHSA and the U.S. Department of Education as an effective, evidence-based prevention program.

Miss Florida

Miss Florida

The Miss Florida Organization is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to empowering young women to achieve their personal, professional, and educational goals. The Miss Florida Organization provides young women an opportunity to further their personal and professional goals and instill a spirit of community service through a variety of unique statewide community based programs.


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