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Adolescent substance abuse talk set for Friday in Truckee

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Rob Steffke will lead Friday's discussion and workshop.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — How do we best support our teens in challenging times?

On Friday, Dec. 5, local educator Rob Steffke will facilitate an important and free conversation about reimagining how to best support our teens in challenging times.

Shifting the way we orient to a struggling adolescent can have a profound impact for teens as well as caregivers. This talk and mini workshop is for parents, mentors, therapists, teachers and anyone who cares for a teen struggling with substance abuse.

Key themes include: listening to underlying needs indicated by addiction, pinpointing initiatory qualities of substance use and addiction, helping teens discover their purpose and find meaning in their lives, setting boundaries that are helpful and healthy, creating a culture of care and effectively utilizing community resources, and historical and cultural contexts around substance use and their relevance to modern youth.

Steffke will use story, personal narrative, neurobiological research, and reflective exercises to help participants gain a greater awareness of the roots of adolescent substance abuse so that we can imagine the best intervention strategies.

Steffke has worked with at-risk teens for 15 years as a mentor, teacher, adventure guide and counselor.

He co-founded and directed the San Luis Obispo Sober School and has also helped create and implement Whole Hearts, Minds, and Bodies, a nature-based treatment model that combines traditional mentoring with modern therapeutic approaches.

Steffke’s work is centered on helping teens discover their passions and actualize the unique gifts they have to offer their world.

The event is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at For Goodness Sake at 10157 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.

For more information, call 530-550-8981 or email info@goodnesssake.org.

This article was submitted to the Sun by the Tahoe Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence.