According to The Lancet, one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world, U.S. teens have the highest rates of alcohol and drug abuse in the world. In addition, American teens are much more likely to be killed by violent means than their European peers. Another recent survey from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University says about 17% of American high school students drink, smoke or use drugs during the school day. With these critical findings in mind, Lifetime has picked up the all-new gripping series "Teen Trouble," an emotional, gut-wrenching alert for all families hosted by teen behavior specialist, author and motivational speaker Josh Shipp.

In each episode of "Teen Trouble," Shipp serves as the last hope for troubled families desperate to save their out-of-control teens and give them the critical help they need to avoid catastrophic tragedy. Shipp will embed himself into the hidden lives of at-risk teens on dangerous, self-destructive paths—taking drugs, stealing from their families, abusing alcohol and breaking the law. Shipp was born an orphan and bounced around in many different foster homes until he figured out how to turn a mess into a message. Shipp has been through it all and has an unconventional method to get through to teens and their parents.

With his gritty approach, Shipp will confront the teens and their parents to identify the often deeply-seated roots of the problem and demonstrate the severity the teen’s issues using real-life examples of cause and effect. Each teen will meet an array of current and former troubled teens—those whose lives mirror theirs—who did not get the help they needed; who have suffered gravely; who experienced disaster and whose lives still hang in the balance.

Teens featured on the series will experience first hand what their future holds if they don’t make crucial changes—extreme immersion in the deep caverns of prison, spending the night in a morgue, sleeping on the street with prostitutes, being confronted with stories just like their own that ended in death. Shipp will deliver his brutally honest message of the damaging repercussions of rebellious decisions and actions, while his action plan for change will be positively reinforced. He will introduce the teens and their families to others who’ve experienced—and successfully overcome—similar challenges and are now living happy, productive lives, providing the hope and forgiveness necessary to make a major change.