From Dabbling to Destruction: Signs and symptoms of adolescents who are using substances chronically (Session 3 of 5)

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Michelle D. Lipinski, M.Ed., Principal, Northshore Recovery High School; Maureen Cavanagh, MPA, M.Ed., LADC


How do we create spaces in our community where we can work together to create realistic goals and consequences for our students and children? This third session will discuss signs and symptoms of an adolescent who is using substances enough to meet the DSM criteria for a substance use disorder. The Transtheoretical Model (also called the Stages of Change Model), developed by Prochaska and DiClemente in the late 1970s, evolved through studies examining the experiences of smokers who quit on their own versus those requiring further treatment to understand why some people were capable of quitting on their own. We will discuss how this model applies to adolescents and the appropriate interventions at each stage, specific to their developmental needs. We will also discuss resources for schools and families who are in this stage of substance use.

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