That tells you that the kinds of problems that we see, including drug abuse and alcoholism among young people, are produced by culture. There is nothing necessary about that turmoil.
Amsterdam, NY (PRWEB) March 18, 2014
The Saint Jude Retreats is excited to announce that as of today Tuesday, March 18, 2014 the Saint Jude Retreats Radio’s latest radio show is live and ready for download or streaming.
The radio show host and Executive Director of Saint Jude Retreats, Michelle Dunbar, opens the segment with a brief description of what Saint Jude Retreats is and the philosophy behind it. Trending topics follow, with local and national news connected to young adults.
The interview with our guest follows, as Dr. Epstein is being interviewed by Steven Slate, the Director of the Saint Jude Retreats program in New York City. Slate introduces Epstein- an author, editor, and longtime psychology researcher and professor, who is passionate about educating the public about advances in mental health and the behavioral sciences. Epstein has also conducted research on adolescent and adult competence, voter manipulation, self-control, relationship skills, sexual orientation, and other topics. Dr. Epstein is the author of Teen 2.0: Saving Our Children and Families from the Torment of Adolescence and The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen. Slate and Epstein discuss the myth of adolescence in our culture, especially in regards to substance use.
Epstein emphasizes that “It is almost shocking to realize that, in more than a 100 cultures around the world, there is really no such thing as adolescence, there is not even a word for that and the turmoil that we see in our culture, which is very real, is pretty much absent or entirely absent in these 100 cultures around the world.” Epstein adds: "That tells you that the kinds of problems that we see, including drug abuse and alcoholism among young people, are produced by culture. There is nothing necessary about that turmoil. It's the myth that we've created saying that this turmoil is inevitable and somehow it's part of the teen brain or it's in the genes or something like that, and that's false, that's a myth. "
Dunbar concludes the radio show by answering questions posted by listeners on the topics of adolescent substance use, by addressing the questions of a young adult who is experimenting with drugs, and a parent who is suspicious of substance use regarding his son.
About Saint Jude Retreats: Saint Jude Retreats offers an alternative to the traditional 12 step programs like AA, as well as traditional rehabs and treatment centers. Saint Jude Retreats is a non-profit organization that helps individuals change and overcome alcohol and drug abuse and other addictions. Proven to be more effective option in overcoming substance use problems, the Saint Jude Retreats helps individuals find the power to overcome substance use by providing them with a self-empowerment educational experience which inspires them to make better decisions moving forward. The Cognitive Behavioral Education based program is supported by numerous addiction specialists, professors and psychologists in the field and has a proven success rate.