What exactly is “normal” when it comes to adolescent “experimentation” with alcohol, vaping and other risky behaviors? Parents may not be aware that affluence is a risk factor for teens’ exposure to and use of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and liquid nicotine (vaping) and that many high achieving teens are secretly engaged in these behaviors.
In this workshop, Elizabeth Driscoll Jorgensen, CADC, Director of Insight Counseling, will help parents understand the current trends in these teen behaviors, possible risk factors for the behaviors that parents can minimize or eliminate, and simple and effective ways for parents to set and maintain reasonable limits and expectations for their child’s safety and social life.
Liz will also address the particular risk factors and considerations for preventing substance use for teens with learning disabilities, ADHD and other special needs and the significant challenges these conditions cause in setting and upholding boundaries for safety and helping teens navigate social situations.
Parents will have ample time to ask questions about their specific concerns. Join the Wilton community for this positive event supporting the wellbeing of our adolescents.
NOTE: this program was also offered as a Speaker Series presentation at Wilton Library on Tuesday, November 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Materials: Trends in Teen Substance Usage (PDF Format)
ADHD is a strong risk factor for substance use. These articles explain the risk factors that cause up to 50% of individuals with continuing ADHD symptoms to have a substance abuse disorder:
— ADHD and Opioid Addiction (Five Things You Need to Know)
— Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Substance Abuse. Diagnostic and Therapeutic Considerations
More About Elizabeth Driscoll Jorgensen
SPED*NET Wilton does not provide medical or psychological advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The material in this presentation is provided for educational purposes only.