This session was originally held on March 2, 2018.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. Participants will learn about the continuum of addiction and discuss prevention strategies and treatment options best suited to pregnant and parenting teens. No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. Participants will identify symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Not all children with FASD are alike, the symptoms vary from mild to severe and early identification is the first step to an improved prognosis. Additionally, participants will explore the distinction between helping behavior and enabling behavior in order to assist pregnant and parenting teens who may be struggling with substance use or abuse.