Consider attending this local function with your adolescent child:
Substance Use in Adolescence: The Mechanisms of Motivation and Change
Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 7:00-9:00 pm
New Trier High School/Winnetka, Gaffney Auditorium, 385 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka
Sponsored by Family Awareness Network of New Trier Township (FAN) and the New Trier High School Parents’ Association’s Class of 2013.
Humans have used substances for centuries for positive health, spiritual or social impact. Many times the substance use is recreational, with negligible health or social effects. But further along the spectrum we find problematic use that begins to have negative consequences for the individual, friends/family, or society. For many problem users, chronic dependence, with its debilitating health and social effects, is the end game.
How does one individual manage their casual, recreational substance use appropriately, while another individual shifts into problematic or chronic consumption? Is it genetics, or is it the social/cultural environment, or both, and to what extent? What are the markers of the slide from casual substance use to problematic use? Which substances are most worrisome? And what are we to make of the behavioral addictions now making headlines, like video gaming – do they have a similar pattern of use and abuse?
Bring your teen along for this highly informative evening featuring Dr. Petros Levounis, Director of The Addiction Institute of New York, and Chief of Addiction Psychiatry, St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals in New York City. Dr. Levounis will differentiate between substance use and abuse, and will discuss how an individual’s biology, psychology and social world affects the pleasure, reward, memory and motivation centers in his or her brain.
After his presentation, Dr. Levounis will be joined by Dr. David Schreiber, Medical Director, Child/Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Disorder Program, NorthShore University HealthSystem, and Alec Ross, LCSW, RDDP, a certified drug counselor and Child and Adolescent Coordinator, Family Service of Glencoe. They will offer a focused look at prevention and treatment strategies for teens, as well as discuss co-occurring issues with substance use/abuse, such as depression, anxiety or ADHD. CPDUs available for education professionals
Dr. Petro Levounis is director of The Addiction Institute of New York and co-author of Sober Siblings: How to Help Your Alcoholic Brother or Sister-and Not Lose Yourself(Amazon link)
Press release and flyer LevounisFlyerReleaseOpt.pdf
Recent news about Dr. Levounis:
Alcohol is more harmful than heroin or crack: study
By Family Health
Dr. Petros Levounis, director of the Addiction Institute of New York at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, agreed with the study findings. “Both in terms of the medical consequences as well as societal consequences, I agree that alcohol …
Family Health 365 – http://familyhealth365.blogspot.com/
He is the Addiction Psychiatry Expert for AOLHealth these are his blog posts.
David Schreiber of North Shore University Health System
Al Ross, LCSW. Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park Youth, Family and Community Coordinator for Family Service of Glencoe.