Superstar 'Denial' and 'Enabler' Ads Shift Focus to Parents

By: Katherine Vong - Published: Jan 24, 2012 • References: & adweek
The recently launched 'Denial' and 'Enabler' advertisements present a fresh spin on the typical drug PSA. Created by Energy BBDO for The Partnership at, these new spots showcase how a teenager's drug problem isn't the only problem -- a parent's denial or enabling actions are also to blame. Avoiding the problem or enabling one's child can be as powerful and dangerous as the drugs themselves, points out AdWeek.

In the 'Denial' spot, a teenage boy talks about how his mother is addicted to denial. Although she discovered that her bottle of prescription pills was empty, she refused to believe that her son and his friends could be behind it. In the 'Enabler' ad, a girl tells the viewer about how her mother doesn't mind throwing parties for her friends and actually ignores the underage drinking and drug use.

The ads, which were directed by Phil Joanou Jr., are only one part of's new campaign. The Partnership and are also encouraging parents to use its Facebook app to share stories and get support. Stats for Parental Awareness PSAs Trending: Older & Chilly
Research: 1,437 clicks in 225 w
Interest: 0.9 minutes
Concept: Drugfree Org Denial
Related: 70 examples / 54 photos
Segment: Neutral, 18-55
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