Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do is a free, ongoing, two-part series inclusive of 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. 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 use, and to others who want to help.
Part 1: What to Know
Part One 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.
- 1st Tuesdays of October, November, January, February, March, April, May, and June. (see flyer)
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Part 2: What to Do
Part Two has break-out sessions for adults describing strategies to effectively help when adolescent alcohol/other drug use is suspected or identified, and for teens/young people to explore the personal effects of substance use. Part Two 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.
- 2nd Tuesdays of October, November, January, February, March, April, May, and June. (see flyer)
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center
(same as the admin bldg – between the ER & Family Birthing/Imaging Center)
5305 Elliott Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
View map and directions here
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. Ray co-presents the programs with Jules Cobb, MA, LPC; Dawn Farm Youth and Family Services therapist.
The series is free and open to anyone interested. Registration is not required. A certificate to document attendance is provided on request.
The series is co-sponsored by Dawn Farm, the Ann Arbor Public Schools, the WISD/LESA Health Educators’ Learning Network, and the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Greenbrook Recovery Center.