Lets Talk About Grief with Anne – Teens and Drugs – Interview with Suzanne Winlove-Smith

Our interview today is with Suzanne Winlove-Smith, a mediation strategist with the Ottawa Courts.

Suzanne is with us today to see if we can uncover much more to what is underneath this escalating issue facing society worldwide with our teen deaths due to drug overdoses.  In her work with kids, as she lovingly calls them, 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 today’s conversation.

  1. When getting married, no one thinks about it ending in divorce
  2. Divorce brings up so much fear in couples
  3. It is the death of their hopes and dreams and these need to be grieved before moving on
  4. When it gets to the courts there is already so much anger causing people to behave badly
  5. Children are often forgotten and will make up their own stories about it all being their fault
  6. Adults forget that their kids hear and feel things that may not be spoken
  7. Adverse childhood event studies have shown 4 or more can lead to addiction
  8. More education and understanding about relationships and divorce
  9. Adults need to take a stand and become Hero’s to their kids by modeling better behaviour
  10. More discussions about these hard to deal with topics – we don’t always have to have the answer but listening can be healing.

 

 

 

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 & Drugs – Interview with Dr. Reardon

An interview with Dr. Maxine Reardon-DeButte, Associate Professor of Psychology at West Texas A&M University.  Dr. DeButte holds a doctorate in psychology & neuroscience and teaches on various topics within these areas.

Dr. DeButte is with us today to see if we can uncover what is underneath this escalating issue facing society worldwide with our teen deaths due to drug overdoses.

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

  1. What Creates Addiction
  2. Adolescent Brain
  3. Theories of Addiction
  4. Reward Model – Positive Reinforcement
  5. Opiates & Rewards System
  6. Predisposition
  7. Teen Brain
  8. Overactive limbic System
  9. Risk Factors
  10. Drugs cross over socioeconomic status
  11. Factors that help – early education
  12. Not one model fits all – policy makers in education, law enforcement, health, and parents need to be involved