A study published by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation last year concluded that most parents are under concerned and uninformed about the possibility of their child using drugs. Almost eight in 10 parents surveyed believe that they have enough knowledge about teen alcohol and drug use, but they could only name 2 out of 38 warning signs of usage- some include less attention to hygiene, sudden change in grades or school attendance, and a dramatic change in friendships.
For teens leaving addiction treatment programs, both residential and outpatient, going back home and into their school environment is a vulnerable time and some individuals do relapse, especially, if there are limited support in place to promote long-term recovery.
The Council on Substance Abuse-NCADD (COSA-NCADD) provides recovery services to teens, similar to activities offered to adults through the CREST (Community Recovery Education and Support Track) Program. Using an evidenced-base peer recovery support model, teens participate in weekly recovery meetings, life skill education and development workshops, social/recreation activities, and resume and employment assistance.
Recovery group meetings are held on Mondays from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at COSA-NCADD’s administrative office. For more information, contact Annie Rivers at 334-262-1629.