Starting in September, WellSpring Resources will offer Choices to teens and parents in Madison County.
Choices, a four-hour intensive alcohol and substance abuse class, is designed to help adolescents understand the consequences of illegal drug use or underage drinking following a violation of their school’s code of conduct. The goal is to increase teens’ and parents’ knowledge about alcohol and drugs, and decrease the likelihood teens will illegally use these substances again.
“Your brain continues to develop into your mid-20s and underage drinking can have a drastic impact on its structure and function,” said Tina Kampwerth, Director of Family Services at WellSpring Resources. “Choices gives teens the right tools to make educated decisions about what they put in their bodies.”
Kampwerth said underage use of alcohol can increase the likelihood of having chronic substance abuse problems later in life. According to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and SAHMSA's National Clearinghouse for Drug Information, people who began drinking by age 15 are more likely to abuse alcohol than those who begin drinking after age 20.
Underage drinking also causes immediate risks, such as risky behavior because of impaired judgment or health problems from binge drinking. According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 19 percent of drivers ages 16 to 20 involved in fatal crashes had a blood-alcohol concentration over the legal adult limit in 2009.
Choices will be held on Saturdays at WellSpring Resources, 2615 Edwards St., Alton. Parent participation is required for the first hour of class. Kampwerth said WellSpring Resources also plans to offer Choices at its Jerseyville office. The cost of participation for both the parent and child is $150. Call WellSpring Resources at (618) 462-2331 for more information or to register your child.
Visit www.wellspringresources.co for more information.