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Healthy Connections: An Inside Scoop on Adolescents and Addiction

January 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


New experiences and relationships are essential for helping our tweens, teens and young adults develop appropriately and reach their full potential. As parents, we may be concerned that our kids are changing too quickly – or that their panoply of experiences will be harmful, especially when they involve alcohol and drugs.

In this presentation and conversation, Anthony Nave, LCSW, will explain: how our adolescents’ social, emotional and brain development can increase their risk for substance abuse/use disorders; what signs of struggle to look out for; how to start a conversation about drugs and alcohol; and what resources are available, if further help is needed. Nave will also discuss misconceptions surrounding addiction and the contemporary “medical model” of addiction.

Nave, a licensed clinical social worker with master’s degrees in Educational Psychology and Clinical Social Work, serves as Senior Manager, Outpatient Services, at Mountainside Treatment Center. He is advanced certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), is currently an EMDR Consultant-in-Training, and is experienced in medication-assisted treatment, co-occurring disorders, and adolescent programming. Prior to joining Mountainside, he taught in an alternative therapeutic school, where he helped youth with mental health and cognitive disorders. At Mountainside, Nave designs curricula for clinical programming and incorporates neurobiology and a trauma-responsive framework into one-on-one counseling, group therapy, family sessions, and supervision. At home, he enjoys pretending to be superheroes with his sons and rooting for the Red Sox and Patriots.

Register online.


Wilton Youth Council
Weston Youth Services
Mountainside Treatment Center