Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#36-What are Drug Courts and Do They Work-Christopher Deutsch-National Association of Drug Court Professionals

Substance Abuse 411-#36-National Association of Drug Court Professionals-Christopher Deutsch


Incarceration rates continue to climb in America and many of those put in jail have a substance abuse problem.  What if we could help these people by providing treatment and support and returning them back to society as productive citizens? Drug Court can do that.

Drug Court isn't where all those charged with a drug crime go.  It's a specific court where eligible drug-addicted persons may be sent instead of to the traditional court situation.

Drug Court is more like a boot camp with stringent restrictions and parameters for what must be done or its back to jail.

Substance Abuse 411 chats with Christopher Deutsch, Director of Communications for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals about the Drug Court movement and the exciting new facet to the program, Veterans Drug Court and how Drug Courts are making a difference.



Oakland County Sixth District Doug Court

Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research

Friday, May 25, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#35-Consumer Guide to Adolescent Drug Treatment-Dr. Kathleen Meyers-Parents Translational Research Center

Substance Abuse 411-#35-Dr. Kathleen Meyers-Parents Translational Research Center


When substance abuse hits a family the first questions are "What do I do and where do I go for help?"

Substance abuse treatment is not something the average American knows much, if any thing, about. It can be a bewildering maze to navigate and at a time when a family is under much emotional stress, especially if the substance abuse problem is with a son or daughter. The Parents Translational Research Center at the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia is working to solve this problem.

Currently they are working on a "Consumer Guide to Adolescent Drug Treatment" that will help parents to make well informed decisions on what resources will work best for them.

Dr. Kathy Meyers of the Parents Translational Research Center joins us on Substance Abuse 411 to talk about their research and why it can be of great importance in the treatment of substance abuse.


The 24 Group

Indiana Prevention Resource Center-K2/Bath Salts

Adolescent Substance Abuse

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#34-Impact of Social Media on Kids and Substance Abuse-Dr. Megan Moreno-University of Wisconsin

Substance Abuse 411-#34-Dr. Megan Moreno-Impact of Social Media on Kids

Moreno_MegSocial Media seems to be everywhere, especially Facebook. With almost 1 billion users, Facebook is dominating social media but is it doing harm to young people especially in the area of substance and alcohol abuse?

Dr. Megan Moreno, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, did a study on how social media affects kids especially in the substance abuse arena.

On this conversation on Substance Abuse 411, we discuss the findings of Dr. Moreno and what parents and adults need to do to counteract pervasive social media in our society.

Impact of Social Media on Kids

The Adolescent Brain

Adolescent Substance Abuse

The 24 Group

Monday, May 7, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#33-Substance Abuse and Adolescent Brain Development-Dr. Ken Winters-Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research

Substance Abuse 411-#33-Dr. Ken Winters-The Adolescent Brain


One of the greatest challenges in substance abuse prevention is getting the message through to adolescents. That challenge is made even tougher because of the way the brain develops in all of us as we grow from birth.

Dr. Ken Winters, the Director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research at the University of Minnesota, joins Substance Abuse 411 to talk about how the last part of the brain to reach its full functionality is the area that allows adolescents or any of us to fully reason.

While this is an impediment to staying away from harmful behavior, especially in todays world with YouTube and reality shows everywhere showing that harmful behavior. Dr. Winters feels parents can make a huge difference.

Please join us for this latest informative conversation on Substance Abuse 411.

The Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research-University of Minnesota

The Teen Brain

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse