October is National Substance Abuse Prevention month 

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Warren, Mich. —September 19, 2019 —The Judson Center Family Health Clinic in Warren will host an informational event on teen substance use on Wednesday, October 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at its clinic site at 12200 E. Thirteen Mile Road, Suite 200. The Judson Center Family Health Clinic is an integrated primary care clinic offering both primary care and behavioral health services. Opened in February 2019, Judson Center Family Health Clinic is part of Judson Center, a multi-county human service agency providing autism programs, behavioral health services, child and family services including foster care and adoption in tandem with its affiliate, Child Safe Michigan, and employment services for the disabled. 

The October 2 teen substance use event, made possible by a grant from the Ethel & James Flinn Foundation, is open to the public and designed for parents, grandparents, caregivers and those in the educational community who serve teens. The featured speaker is Judson Center addiction therapist, David Woudstra, LMSW, CAADC who will discuss topics including:

  • Warning signs of substance use
  • Opioids and vaping
  • Ways to talk to your teens
  • The disease model of addiction

The Centers for Disease Control addresses the risk of teen substance use on its website, noting that parents can play an important role in reducing the dangers for teens. Woudstra also notes the many concerns of parents of teens today. 

“Parents and caregivers are increasingly hearing warnings about vaping, opioids and other highly addictive drugs, and need timely information to learn more about the dangers these and other drugs pose to their teens, as well as ways to help teens make positive choices when it comes to illegal substances or alcohol,” Woudstra said. “We want to help educate and empower adults to guide teens to make positive choices when it comes to their health and well-being.”

The teen substance use event is offered at no charge and refreshments will be served. For questions or to register, contact Kathryn Lowe at 586-573-1810 or Kathryn_Lowe@judsoncenter.org. Space is limited, so registration is requested. 

Judson Center Family Health Clinic is operated under the clinical oversight of Rochester-based MedNetOne Health Solutions (MedNetOne) and accepts a variety of private insurances, as well as Medicare and Medicaid. Judson Center Family Health Clinic offers evening and Saturday hours. Need a primary care physician? Learn more at the clinic website. 

About Judson Center

Judson Center, trusted by Michigan families for 95 years, is a non-profit human service agency that provides expert, comprehensive services in Southeast Michigan that strengthen children, adults and families impacted by abuse and neglect, autism, developmental disabilities, and behavioral health and primary care challenges so they are successful in their communities.  Since opening its doors in 1924, Judson Center has grown to change the lives of over 10,000 children, adults, and families each year. Judson Center has offices in Genesee, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. Headquarters are located at 30301 Northwestern Highway, Suite 100, Farmington Hills, MI 48334-3277.  Learn more at https://www.judsoncenter.org/.