Experts discuss strategies for substance abuse prevention and intervention

May 08, 2015

North Central College’s Dyson Wellness Center and Linden Oaks at Edward Hospital have partnered to host a series of programs for the campus and local community.

The next copresented event, titled “The Elephant in the Room: The Talks Every Parent Should Have,” will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, in the College’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall. Guest speakers include a physician, clinical therapist, social worker and other experts on the issue of substance abuse. This presentation is part of a Family-Focused Substance Abuse Prevention parent series. To register for the free event visit or call 630-527-6363.  

The May 12 program offers parents tools and tips for talking to their children and explains the consequences of addiction, including its impact on the lives of everyone surrounding the individual. Parents will have opportunities to ask questions of panelists and will learn strategies for substance abuse prevention and intervention.
Featured speakers are David Lott, M.D., FASAM, FAPA, medical director of Addiction Services at Linden Oaks Hospital; and Justin Wolfe, LCPC, CADC, CRC, clinical therapist in Addiction Services at Linden Oaks Hospital. Other panelists include Pam Witt, LCSW, CADC, social worker at Neuqua Valley High School; Mark Piccoli, director of DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group; Deb Lewin, cofounder of P.A.T.H. parent support group; and IdaLynn Wenhold, executive director of KidsMatter. The panelists will discuss a family-focused approach to preventing adolescent substance abuse.