If your teen is using drugs, the first step is to identify what’s going on and the second step is to address it in a constructive way.
Like most matters relating to teenagers, that’s easier said than done, which is why Dawn Farms is offering a free program series titled “Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do.”
The program is targeted at “parents, guardians and caretakers of teens/young adults; teens/young people; other family members; people who work with teens and families; students; and anyone who would like to attend for any reason.”
Essentially teen drug use is a serious societal ill that we all have a responsibility to address, so anyone interested in making a difference is welcomed to the program.
The first part is titled “What to Know,” and provides information that will help participants understand adolescent substance use, recognize signs and patterns of a teen substance abuse problem, and identify when a teen may be involved with substances and may need help.
This first part will start at 7:30 a.m. and end at p.m. the first Tuesdays of October, November, and January through June.
The second part titled “What to Do” involves break-out sessions for adults describing strategies to effectively help when adolescent alcohol or other drug use is suspected or identified, and for teens and young people to explore the personal effects of substance use.
The second part ends with adults and young people together hearing a talk by a young person in recovery from a substance use disorder, who will describe his or her experiences – how it was before recovery, what happened, and how it is now.
The second part occurs at the same time, only on the second Tuesday of October, November, and January through June.
The presentations will be held at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti.
Families are encouraged to attend together if they would like to. Free literature about teen alcohol and other drug use is also provided.
The series is sponsored by Dawn Farm, and co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor Public Schools, St. Joseph Mercy Greenbrook Recovery Center, and the WISD/LESA Health Educators’ Learning Network (supporting and advocating for Whole School, Whole Community, and the Whole Child Approach-WSCC.) The programs are presented by Dawn Farm Youth and Family Services therapists.
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