Drug and alcohol abuse is nothing new to youth culture. Sadly, it’s been a part of the teenage experience for a long time. While anti-drug efforts have yielded a decline in the use of some drugs, the usage number on way too many drugs are on the rise. And not a day goes by when we don’t read another sobering statistic or sad story related to the abuse of opioids or heroin. Today, kids are engaging with drugs and alcohol for a host of reasons. What is it like to work with a young person who is addicted? How can parents handle and navigate the horror of watching a son or daughter spiral down into the grip of drug and alcohol addiction? And what should we do as youth workers when these things visit our families? Stick with us as we hear a compelling first-person story of heartbreak and hope from our good friend Allen Jackson, on this episode of Youth Culture Matters.
This episode of Youth Culture Matters is sponsored by Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
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Resources and links mentioned in the podcast:
Allen Jackson – bio
Youth Ministry Institute
Trend Alert: My Child Is Abusing Drugs and Alcohol – What Do I Do? (Free Handout)
The Stages of Addiction (Free Handout)
Signs and Symptoms of Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Free Handout)
Under the Influence: Kids and Substance Abuse (CPYU Seminar)
40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents – from the Search Institute
Drugs.com Pill Identifier
5 Critical Facts About the Opioid Addiction and Abuse Epidemic
More articles and resources regarding opioid abuse
Just Add Parents: Ready-To-Use Parent Meetings
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Books Mentioned or Recommended:
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Should We Use Someone Else’s Sermon? Preaching in A Cut-And-Paste World by Scott M. Gibson
Preaching with a Plan: Sermon Strategies for Growing Mature Believers by Scott M. Gibson
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart
Building A Youth Ministry That Builds Disciples: A Small Book About a Big Idea by Duffy Robbins
A Second Touch by Keith Miller
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