Surveys suggest that after years of decline, adolescent substance abuse may be increasing again. Teens, however, don’t usually come right out and tell their families that they skipped school to smoke weed, or that they performed poorly on their SAT’s because they were hung over, or that they dropped sports and music to have time for getting high, or that they spent the money they saved for college on heroin. Nevertheless there are signs and patterns of behaviors that can alert parents to the possibility that a teen may have an alcohol/other drug problem. Luckily, early identification and intervention can often prevent serious or even irreversible consequences.
Unfortunately, families seeking advice and help for a teen using drugs often feel frightened, confused, frustrated, isolated and desperate. They often don’t know where to begin to find accurate answers and effective help.
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System is one sponsor of a free, two-part workshop designed to help participants learn to understand, identify and address adolescent alcohol/other drug problems. This program provides a starting point for families seeking help, and has been making a difference to families struggling to deal with teen alcohol/drug problems since 1999.
People who are interested for any reason are welcome and are encouraged to attend, including parents, family members, teens, people who work with teens, students, and others.
On April 25 Brian Spitsbergen MA, LLPC, CAADC; the Director of Community Intervention and Treatment at Growth Works Inc. will present part one of this workshop at St. Joseph Mercy Woodland Health Center, 7575 Grand River Road, Brighton from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Part two will be presented on May 2. The workshop is called Teens Using Drugs:What to Know and What to Do.
More info at (517) 545-6213 , firstname.lastname@example.org, or http://www.teensusingdrugs.org.