So Bill Maher and I did a presentation Wednesday night for parents at St. Gertrude about addiction. Bill is a nationally known addiction interventionist and he had spoken with the students earlier that day. The young ladies asked a lot of questions during Bill’s presentation. And, as Bill put it, they were amazing and surprisingly engaged on the topic.
Thanks to a generous alumnus who unfortunately lost a child to overdose, these students got the gift of addiction education. We are, after all, in an opiate epidemic and this is the world our kids are growing up in. Having a conversation about addiction is key to removing the taboo and I applaud St. Gertrude’s proactive approach.
I joined Bill as co-presenter to talk to parents later in the evening. One of the school staff asked him about how you can tell if a student is struggling? And Bill posted this simple slide.
BAAA. Like a sheep.
If 2 of these–behavior, attitude, attendance, achievement– is slipping or changing, you know there is an issue and you need to ask questions and find out more. Mental illness? Alcohol abuse? Drug abuse? What’s driving the change?
What I’m saying is, don’t write it off as “typical teenage behavior.” Because it’s not.