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October 24, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm CDT
Dr. Sheila Cuomo, LCPC, EDD Adjunct Professor, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington DC Campus
Deshanae Meaders, Counseling Psychology Student, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, D.C. Campus
Every effect has a cause. Adolescents deal with many obstacles throughout their everyday life. Substance abuse during adolescence causes many issues such as emotional and social influences, impact on normal development, identity and self-esteem, and family dynamics. Surveys show that most adolescents believe that their use of alcohol and drugs are normal (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 1999). This is a big challenge during interventions and treatments because counselors need to understand the why to control the behavior. This roundtable discussion will explore through scholarly articles, surveys, and data collected from substance abuse groups reasoning behind substance abuse in adolescence including childhood trauma, stress, or environmental influences.