Curbing Teen Substance Use in New Hampshire

Friday, January 31st, 2014

high school teens Preventing alcohol and drug use among adolescents is a high priority in all of our communities these days. Phoenix House has always been a leader in efforts to curb teenage substance abuse by teaming up with schools, law enforcement, and parents’ groups to educate teens about the dangers of drinking, smoking, and other drug use.

The city of Keene, New Hampshire, has seen an alarming increase in adolescent substance use, with rates of marijuana and alcohol consumption at significantly higher levels than in the rest of the state.  But the city is taking positive steps to combat the problem. Phoenix House staff recently met with other local drug prevention and treatment to talk about how the community can reduce substance abuse and direct kids to healthier paths.

The school is undertaking prevention strategies that include engaging students in positive activities such as sports, theater, and community service.  Parent education and engagement in prevention activities are also vital to their success.

Phoenix House provides early intervention services for teens in the Keene area through Self-Assessment Saturdays for Youth (SASY), a series of weekly sessions that help at-risk youngsters assess their own level of involvement with drugs or drinking.  If treatment is warranted, adolescents may receive residential rehabilitation with intensive academic tutoring at Phoenix House Academy in Dublin.

In December 2013, Keene High School hired Jennifer Whitehead as substance abuse counselor to provide confidential advice and guidance to troubled students. Jennifer, who spent seven years as a counselor at Phoenix House Keene Center, brings a wealth of understanding and compassion to her work with the kids at Keene High School.

If you know an adolescent who is struggling with addiction, call Phoenix House today at 1 888 671 9392.  Someone is ready to help at any time of day or night.

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