Jobs Corps workshop addresses addiction
By Denise Baran-Unland For The Herald-News October 18, 2011 5:24PM
Updated: November 20, 2011 8:45AM
Seventy-five percent of all deaths of people ages 10-24 stem from motor-vehicle crashes, unintentional injuries, suicide or homicide.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, high school students who abuse alcohol and drugs increase that risk. A new monthly workshop at the Joliet Job Corps, “Understanding and Overcoming Addictions,” may be the answer.
The inaugural event, “An Ounce of Prevention,” will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 24. Keynote speakers include psychologists Anthony Redmond and Terrance Patillo, and Teresa Collins, the local author of “When Abuse is all You Know.”
Since the Joliet Job Corps is an educational opportunity for youth ages 16-24, Collins feels it’s an ideal location for the workshop. The free event, which includes inspirational entertainment, is open to the community.
“We’re trying to bring awareness not only to the young people but to the adults that want to help,” Collins said.
One mistaken belief is that peer pressure heavily determines whether a young person will misuse alcohol or drugs. While that may factors into experimentation, addicted youth are often trapped in abusive environments and turn to drugs to self-medicate their pain.
Youths who do not battle physical, mental, emotional or sexual abuse tend to be sober and sound, Collins said.
Addressing the abuse and building up the self-esteem of young people should be the core of all teen addiction programs.
“We want young people to take this powerful message of hope back to their drug and abuse ridden neighborhoods,” Collins said.
For more information call Collins at 815-483-8435.