Thursday, September 17, 2009

Breaking the Stigma: Adolescent Substance Abuse

Adolescent Counseling Service
Adolescent Counseling Service (ACS) is hosting a community forum called, "Breaking the Stigma: Adolescent Substance Abuse" on November 12, 2009 from 7-9pm in Room M2 at the Cubberley Community Center.

ACS conducts a program entitled Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment (ASAT). The biggest obstacle they face to getting troubled teenagers into the treatment program is denial, often referred to as "Not My Child Syndrome." Parents frequently insist that substance abuse or the disease of addiction could not exist in their homes. This denial may stem from feelings of guilt or shame, but may also arise because substance abuse can be difficult for parents to spot, especially in teens who are able to continue to function at a high level despite being under the influence of an illicit substance.

Join ACS and panelists from other organizations as they address this topic directly and work to break the stigma of substance abuse and the disease of addiction.

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