Teens Using Drugs

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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.

2018/2019 Schedule

PLEASE NOTE the time change for 2018/2019 programs: 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

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, February, March, April, May and June.  (see flier)
  • 2nd Tuesday of January

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, February, March, April, May and June. (see flier)
  • 3nd Tuesday of January

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



Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do – part one, February 2019 from Dawn Farm on Vimeo.

Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do. Part Two: What To Do – June 2015 from Dawn Farm on Vimeo.

More information

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.

For more information, please contact Dawn Farm at 734-485-8725 or Printable flier available here.

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