Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do








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FREE, Ongoing, Two-Part Education Series on Understanding, Identifying and Helping Teens and Young Adults

Who May Be Harmfully Involved with Alcohol/Other Drugs


Part 1: What to Know

How to recognize and understand adolescent substance abuse problems.


Scheduled on the 1st Tuesdays of

October, November, and January through June

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Part 2: What to Do

What should and should not be done to help when an alcohol/other drug problem is suspected or recognized.   


Scheduled on the 2nd Tuesdays of

October, November, and January through June

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Schedule for the October 2014 – June 2015 series

Part 1: What to Know

 (No programs in July, August, September 2014)

October 7, November 4: 2014

(No program in December 2014)

January 6, February 3, March 3: 2015

April 7, May 5, June 2: 2015

Part 2: What to Do

 (No programs in July, August, September 2014)

October 14, November 11: 2014

(No program in December 2014)

January 13, February 10, March 10: 2015

April 14, May 12, June 9: 2015





The series is presented by staff from the Dawn Farm Youth and Family Services Team. 



 St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, in the

Exhibition Room (ground floor adjacent to the auditorium)

5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti, Michigan.

We suggest parking in lot “P” and entering through the “5305” building.  Please see our “Directions” page for details.



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Where is it at? How can I get there?

The programs are held at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, located at 5305 Elliott Drive in Ypsilanti, Michigan. For directions and specific building and classroom locations please see our “Directions” page. We suggest parking in parking area “P” and entering the Education Center through the “5305” building (this is also the Administration Building) rather than other buildings in the St. Joe’s complex.  We place signs in the building to direct you to the classroom.


Who presents the programs?

The programs will be presented by staff from the Dawn Farm Youth and Family Services Team.

Ronald E. Harrison developed the “Teens Using Drugs” series and presented this program from 1999 until his death in April 2011.



Who coordinates the series?

The series is coordinated by Ray Dalton, MA, CAADC; Coordinator for Dawn Farm Outpatient, Community Corrections and Youth and Family Services.


Who is this program for? Should I bring my (teen) (child) (parent) (spouse/partner) (other family member)?

The program is targeted primarily to parents/guardians/caretakers of teens and young adults but is also inclusive of teens, other family members, and anyone who works with or cares about young people. Parents, guardians, foster parents, family members, teens, community members, mentors, professionals, students, people who sponsor or support young people in a Twelve-Step or other recovery program, and anyone interested in attending for any reason are all welcome and encouraged to attend. Parents and teens are welcome to attend individually or together. Families often find that attending together as a family helps put them “on the same page” about substance use issues, which can be critical to addressing substance abuse concerns.


How much does it cost?

It is free and open to anyone interested.  


Is registration required?

No registration is required – you can just come.


Can documentation of attendance be provided?  Are C.E. (continuing education) hours available?

A certificate of attendance is provided upon request. This can document attendance for school, court, C.E. or other purposes. This program does not provide approved CE;  some disciplines accept attendance at this program for C.E. credit, but you will have to check with the discipline you are associated with.  (Dawn Farm’s free education series on addiction, recovery and related issues provides free on-site and low-cost off-site CEUs approved by MCBAP and NAADAC for addiction professionals.)


Is it the same each month? Can I come to just one part?

The same part 1 and part 2 workshops are repeated each month. You may attend either part or both parts, as often as you like. The information presented in part 1 will help you understand the information presented in part 2, so we encourage attendance at part 1 first, but it is not required.  If it works out best for you to attend part 2 first or to only attend one part, you are welcome to do so.


What else should I know about the series?

Free literature on adolescent alcohol/tobacco/other drug issues is also available.  People that have questions they’d like to discuss privately can speak with the presenter or series coordinator following the program, or contact our series coordinator.


Who sponsors this program?

The “Teens Using Drugs workshop series is  co-sponsored by Dawn Farm, the Livingston and Washtenaw Regional Coordinated School Health Program Advisory Council, and the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Greenbrook Recovery Center. 


Will the program be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather?

We rarely cancel a program but it has happened on occasion. If you want to confirm that a program will be held, you are welcome to contact us. If we cancel a program, we will also post the cancellation on this web site.


How can I get more information?

For additional information about this program, please see the description on our “About the Program” page.  You can also contact Dawn Farm for information. 


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PLEASE NOTE: this site is not a counseling or treatment service. We welcome comments and requests for information about the "Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" program and/or about this Web site, but the people who maintain the Web site are not substance abuse professionals and cannot provide advice about substance abuse problems.  Parents, family members, teens, professionals, and concerned community members are all welcome to attend the free "Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" program to learn more about adolescent substance abuse problems and what can be done to help adolescents with alcohol/other drug problems. If you are not able to attend this program, you contact Dawn Farm (please see the “contact us” page.)


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