Nathan Hale High School student Amelie Couret leads a peer-to-peer conversation with Bade, a recent graduate from Bridges – Seattle’s only Alternative Peer Group program. Bade shares their story of addiction & substance abuse throughout their teens and what it’s taken to achieve – and maintain – successful recovery.
The Pandemic has tested people in countless ways. Some teens and young adults have turned to unhealthy coping strategies like drinking alcohol and using drugs – joining the millions of Americans who struggle with a Substance Use Disorder of one kind or another. With proper support and treatment people can – and do – recover. Asking for help can sometimes seem impossible, but it’s an absolutely critical step in the journey to recovery. Always remember, you’re not alone.
Learn how to spot the signs of a developing Substance Use Disorder and get resources for finding help in the list below.
- Partnership to End Addiction one-stop for prevention, treatment, recovery, family support, etc. Excellent!
- The Washington Recovery Help Line offers an anonymous, confidential 24-hour help line for Washington State residents. This help line is for those experiencing substance use disorder, problem gambling, and/or a mental health challenge. Their professionally-trained volunteers and staff provide emotional support. They can also connect callers with local treatment resources or more community services. Call: 1.866.789.1511, 24/7/365 or Text: 1.866.789.1511, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Substances and Mental Health Services Administration (SMHSA)
- https://findtreatment.gov/ — part of SMHSA
- Warning Signs of Substance and Alcohol Use Disorder from Indian Health Services
- National Institute on Drug Abuse: Facts for Parents on Teen Drug Use
- National Institute on Drug Abuse: For Teens
- StopOverdose.org: Washington’s Good Samaritan Law
- University of Washington Addictions, Drug and Alcohol Institute
- Washington State Tobacco Quitline
- Bridges Seattle Alternative Peer Group
Prevention Resources for Parents:
- Safe Medicine Storage and Disposal to Prevent Misuse
- A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Underage Marijuana Use