C895 & Seattle Children’s Present: Coping 101 – Addiction, Substance Use & Recovery

In this episode presented in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health’s youth-centered YOU CAN campaign, Dr. Jason Kilmer joins Nathan Hale High School junior Gavin to discuss marijuana prevention among young people, healthy coping tips to deal with stress, and the real science behind marijuana use. An Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, Dr. Kilmer is a nationally recognized expert in the field of drug prevention research and education.

Listen and learn as our students destigmatize Addiction, Substance Use & Recovery with this month’s special guest Dr. Ray Hsiao – an active Educator, Psychiatrist and Director of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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.

Prevention Resources for Parents:

Video Resources: 

  • This video goes into the science behind how your body reacts when stressed and demonstrates how using substances, like marijuana, can actually make those feeling worse. 

Visit Coping 101 for resources and links on other mental health topics.

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