S.T.A.R.S - Strengthening Teens in Acquiring Resiliency for Success

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  • Youth that drink alcohol before the age of 15 are 7 times more likely to develop an addiction.
  • Only 1 in 10 adolescents with a substance abuse disorder ever receive the help they need.
  • 74% of adults participating in a substance abuse program began using alcohol or substances by age 17.
Tykes & Teens’ S.T.A.R.S. program gives local pre-teens and adolescents who are struggling with alcohol, drugs or other dangerous behaviors the chance to make positive long-term change. Through a combination of individual, family and group counseling, teens learn the coping skills necessary to manage peer pressure, anxiety, depression and other challenges without resorting to unhealthy behavior. For more than 10 years, Tykes & Teens has been offering troubled teens a scientifically-based and proven program to help them end destructive behaviors and turn their lives around. For additional information, call us at (772) 220-3439. Program Goals
  • Prevent substance use, delinquency and relapse by teaching healthy coping skills
  • Help participants develop anger management and conflict resolution skills
  • Improve communication and social skills to better deal with peer pressure
  • Educate parents on how to support and guide their teen to make better choices
  • Treat emotional difficulties such as depression, anxiety and behavioral problems that often lead to unhealthy behaviors
Signs of Substance Use
Be alert to changes in a teen’s behavior and appearance that may signal substance abuse. By recognizing potential warning signs, you may be able to help a teen in need of treatment. The following changes in behavior, when extreme or lasting more than a few days, may indicate a drug or alcohol-related problem and the need for further screening by a professional.
  • Sudden personality changes with no other cause
  • Loss of interest in once favorite hobbies, sports or other activities
  • Sudden decline in attendance or performance at school
  • Changes in friends and reluctance to talk about new friends
  • Deterioration of personal grooming habits
  • Forgetfulness and difficulty paying attention
  • Sudden aggressive behavior, irritability, nervousness or giddiness
  • Increased secretiveness and heightened sensitivity to inquiry
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