Taking Steps To Prevent Teen Addiction

Alpha Media's Ryan Piers

A local hospital is taking more steps to address teen addiction.

The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery has added recent programs to combat the problem locally, and is now hosting a community event on the topic.

It recently added an intensive outpatient program for young people, and is hosting a documentary screening Thursday with community leaders planning to attend.

“Addiction is a disease that begins a lot younger than a lot of people think,” said Dr. Kirk Moberg, executive director at the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery.

Moberg said this is true for both chemical and behavioral addictions.

He encourages you to talk to your children about issues related to addiction.

“One of the important things is that it is really never to young to talk to children about addiction or drugs or behaviors,” Moberg said.

Moberg believes adolescent addiction is a growing problem in our area, but certainly something that is treatable.

The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery is hosting a private viewing of the film “Girl on the Edge” at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. The award-winning film focuses on the topic of teen trauma and addiction.

Meet and greet interviews with director Jay Silverman will precede the film’s showing.

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