Beyond Just 'Saying No': Rethinking Strategies for Youth Substance Prevention #HeliumRadio
Inspired by Clare Waismann‘s enlightening blog post on the profound impact of substance use on emotional maturity in young adults, hosts Dwight Hurst, LPC and David Livingston, LMFT, Waismann Method’s psychotherapist dive deep into the discussion surrounding substance use prevention among young individuals. Emphasizing the age-old nature of curiosity, even towards potentially harmful things, they address the balance between directly discussing substance use and focusing on non-drug related activities as prevention. The episode delves into the importance of community engagement and how activities like sports or clubs act as protective barriers against substance misuse. The concept of “positive rebellion” from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is introduced, illustrating how channeling one’s unique personality and creativity can be a powerful tool against drug abuse. The conversation concludes on a hopeful note, underscoring the significance of caring and supportive figures in a young person’s life and how their presence boosts resilience against addiction and mental health challenges. As always, the hosts point listeners to the resources available at opiates.com for further exploration and assistance.