Lets Talk About Grief with Anne – Teens and Drugs – Interview with Nadine Doyle

Today we are talking to Nadine Doyle, a social service professional who has a broad range of skills and experience in supportive counseling, community outreach, program delivery and workshop facilitation.  Her career has taken her into many areas such as Employment Services, Addictions Counselling, traditional and alternative Education Service, Mental Health Services, Women’s Issues,  Child & Youth Counseling and as well as with At-Risk Youth.

Nadine is with us today to help us have a better understanding about addictions.  I’m asking Nadine to put her addiction councilor’s hat back on and speak to us about her involvement with teens, and adults with drug & alcohol addictions.

Here is an outline of some of the topics covered in today’s conversation.

  1. The age range of teens and young adults seen for counseling
  2. Referral Systems in place in schools and community
  3. Harm Reduction philosophy versus AA philosophy
  4. Understanding the types of cocaine available
  5. Natural teen curiosity and Fish Bowl parties
  6. Trauma and the importance of support in those moments
  7. Story of drug dealer and Nadine’s education into this world
  8. Trust – an important factor
  9. Government Funding – helping to create training and education – Peer Help – certification
  10. The importance of choices and support and motivation

Lets Talk about Grief with Anne – Teens and Drugs – An Interview with Tonya Pomerantz

Our interview today, is Tonya Pomerantz, founder of Puddlejump Coaching and author of Unlock Your Future: The 7 Keys to Success; a roadmap of effective strategies to help young people navigate the twists and turns of adulthood.

Tonya is with us today to see if we can uncover much more on what is underneath this escalating issue facing society worldwide with our teen deaths due to drug overdoses.  In her work with young adults, she sees the stresses and level of pain that these young people are experiencing.  In her words, “there is an epidemic of anxiety out there”



Here is an outline of some of the topics covered in this in-depth conversation.

  1. Why so many young adults still living with their parents
  2. Why parents are stressed out with their young adults not living up to their potential also having their 35-40-year-old children still living at home.
  3. Failure to launch – Sarah Jessica-Parker – as mandatory to watch
  4. How our words, beliefs affect a young child’s outcome in life – nurture/nature
  5. Discussion on teens and drugs – then and now
  6. Social media’s effects and bullying
  7. How to speak to your young adult if you believe they are using drugs
  8. What can Policymakers do or should be aware of to assist in this crisis?