Understanding Adolescent Substance Abuse

From the desk of Rob Steffke ~

I am hosting a talk and community forum entitled,

The evening will aim to create an understanding of the root causes that drive youth toward substance abuse. Moving from understanding, we will look to ways that we as parents and community members can respond in creative ways to support the teens in our lives.

This free event will be:

download buttonFriday, January 22nd from 5:30-7:30 

at Inner Path, 200 Commercial Street, Nevada City

Drawing from neuroscience, cultural study, and personal narrative I move from the perspective that substance abuse is an indication that a teen is hurting or lacking fulfillment in some form. As we generate such understanding, we often encounter our own grief, which is something we must meet if we are to respond authentically, empathetically, and creatively to our young people. When we show our youth that we care, that there are ways to meet their pain without running, and that their lives have purpose, we create the circumstances through which they learn to engage life fully–thus filling the void that they are attempting to inadequately fill with substances.

My goal for the night is to engage in a generative conversation about how to support our youth through their challenges in a way that helps them discover the gifts they hold as members of a larger community.

I hope to see you there. Feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested.



Rob Steffke, MFT#90625