Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do is a free, ongoing, two-part series targeted to parents and caretakers of teens but also inclusive of other family members, teens, and people who work with teens and families. It is designed to provide education on how to understand, identify and address adolescent alcohol/other drug use and problems, create a positive attitude towards obtaining help for adolescents with alcohol/other drug problems, and increase participants’ readiness and ability to address adolescent alcohol/other drug use. This program has made a difference to families struggling with teen substance abuse, and to others who want to help.
Part 1: What to Know
Provides information on how to understand the progression of teen substance abuse problems, recognize signs and patterns of a teen substance abuse problem, and know when a teen’s use of alcohol/other drugs requires action.
Dates: 1st Tuesdays of October, November, and January through June.
(October 4, November 1, [No program in December] January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6)
Time: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Part 2: What to Do
Provides information on what should and should not be done when teen substance abuse is suspected or recognized, and strategies for helping “teens using drugs.” Part two includes a recovering young person, who describes his or her experiences – how it was before recovery, what happened, and how it is now.
Dates: 2nd Tuesdays of October, November, and January through June
(October 11, November 8, [No program in December] January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13)
Time: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center
5305 Elliott Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
View map and directions here
PLEASE NOTE: This is the same building as the administration building – it is situated between the Emergency Room and the Family Birthing Center/Imaging Center.
We will place signs in the building directing you from this entrance to the location of the program.
The program was developed and presented by Ron Harrison from 1999 until his death in 2011. Before his death, Ron asked Dawn Farm to continue this program should he ever be unable to teach it himself.
Programs will be presented by staff from Dawn Farm Youth and Family Services team. The series is coordinated by Ray Dalton, MA, CAADC; Coordinator for Dawn Farm Outpatient, Community Corrections and Youth and Family Services. The series is co-sponsored by Dawn Farm, the Ann Arbor Public Schools, the Livingston and Washtenaw Regional Coordinated School Health Network, and the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Greenbrook Recovery Center.
The series is free and open to anyone interested. Registration is not required. A certificate to document attendance is provided on request.