“5 Things” Community Education Program

Next seminar Thursday, January 29, 2015 6-9pm, open to the public  $30 per person

Also available for presentation for outside groups and organizations.     Call 214-789-8456 for more information and registration or CLICK HERE (3 ceu’s LCDC, LPC, SW)

Battling substance abuse begins with education

There is perhaps no other field in which the lack of correct information and misunderstanding of an issue is as directly linked to such devastating consequences as those brought about by substance abuse. Young people are abusing with chemicals in epidemic proportions, resulting in dropout, jail, and death. In many cases this can be avoided with parent education and proper guidance.

“5 Things Every Parent Should Know About Teen Substance Abuse is a comprehensive review of substance abuse information that ranges from identifying signs of a problem to breaking through denial and helping a client to be successfully treated.


  1. Truancy

  2. Failing grades

  3. Family problems

  4. Change in friends

  5. Cigarette smoking

  6. Poor health- chronic                 cough,

  7.    colds, tired, eyes,                  complexion

  8. Self harm, depression

  9. Legal troubles- runaway,

     stealing, MIC, MIP, curfew

Who should attend:

  1. Parents (particularly if there have been problems in other areas- school performance, truancy, change of friends, legal, behavioral, health concerns)

  1. Youth professionals: school counselors, probation officers, judges, family therapists, youth pastors,  MD’s, attorneys, coaches, etc.

A quick look at the “5 Things”

# 1  The “problem”... may not be the problem.

  1. First sign of a substance abuse problem is usually not the chemical use itself

  1. Initial intervention is frequently misdirected, thus unsuccessful

#2   When in doubt- rule it out. Get an assessment!

  1. If there is a problem, you may be saving a life

  2. If there isn’t a problem, an appropriate plan can be developed

It’s not that bad!
It was the first time.
I was holding it for a friend.
I only did it a couple of times.

#3  Denial is part of the problem.

3 reasons for denial:

  1. Shame- it’s natural to minimize something considered wrong

  1. Ignorance- addiction is grossly misunderstood by the majority of the

   general public

  1. Something they enjoy is being taken away

#4 It’s an illness, not a bad-ness.

Getting real about what it means to have “a problem”

Layman’s terms:

“We don’t think she’s got a problem.”

“He’s been abusing…”

“She has experimented…”

“He’s an experimental abuser…”

“It’s a problem, but he’s not an addict…”


Substance abuse

Substance dependence

Chemical dependency



AA/NA self diagnosis:

the “desire to stop drinking”

Weed’s not bad for you- it’s natural.
It doesn’t cause me any problems.
I can quit whenever I want to. I’ve quit lots of times!


  1. Primary

  2. Progressive

  3. Chronic

  4. Potentially Fatal

  5. Loss of control

# 5 Treatment works!

Chemical dependency is a medically diagnosable disorder with an identified treatment procedure and predictable outcome.

Primary reasons for treatment failure:

  1. Failure to obtain correct treatment (see #1- treating the wrong problem)

  1. Inadequate service and treatment support provided

Adolescent substance abuse clients can be a “slippery” population to work with- make sure you’re getting good help