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ETC BROCHURE

RESEARCH SHOWS

Research shows that parents are the #1 reason young people decide not to drink. So, start talking to your children about alcohol before they start drinking- as early as 9 years old. Even if it doesn’t seem like it, they really do hear you.

THE EARLIER AN INDIVIDUAL STARTS SMOKING, DRINKING OR USING OTHER DRUGS, THE GREATER THE LIKELIHOOD OF DEVELOPING ADDICTION:

  • 9 out of 10 people who abuse or are addicted to nicotine, alcohol or other drugs began using these substances before they were 18
  • People who began using addictive substances before age 15 are nearly 7 times likelier to develop a substance problem than those who delay first use until age 21 or older
  • Every year that substance use is delayed during the period of adolescent brain development, the risk of addiction and substance abuse decreases

WARNING SIGNS OF TEEN SUBSTANCE USE

Certain symptoms and behaviors are warning signs for substance use in teens, although they may also indicate other problems, such as depression. Warning signs can include:

  • Alcohol, smoke or other chemical odors on your child’s or their friends’ breath or clothing
  • Obvious intoxication, dizziness or bizarre behavior
  • Changes in dress and grooming
  • Changes in choice of friends
  • Frequent arguments, sudden mood changes and unexplained violent actions
  • Changes in eating and sleeping patterns
  • Sudden weight gain or loss
  • Loss of interest in usual activities or hobbies
  • School problems such as declining or failing grades, poor attendance and recent discipline problems
  • Trauma or frequent injuries
  • Runaway and delinquent behavior
  • Depressed mood or talk about depression or suicide; suicide attempts

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics. (2009). “Substance Abuse Prevention”

ETC HAPPENINGS

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MEETING SCHEDULE

Meetings will take place on the 1st Tuesday of every month from 7:30-8:30am at Molina’s Cafe

CONTACT US

Colleen Sullivan, MSW
Prevention Coordinator
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Angelo Lamagna Activity Center
19 N. Main St.
Enfield, CT 06082

Youth Services
860-253-6380

Youth Center
860-253-6426