What Teens Are Up Against


Helping parents understand today's substance use risks: As the teen brain develops, it is hard-wired for risk taking - including experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Yet this is a time when the brain is most vulnerable to the effects and dangers of substance use.

Get the low-down on what’s really going on, what our youth have access to, and what we can do to support our teens - both parents and as a community.


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Stephen Bogan

boganStephen Bogan, MA, has worked in the fields of adult and adolescent chemical dependency, mental health, and adolescent development for over 39 years. He received his B.A. in Sociology with a Certificate in Alcohol and Drug studies from Washington State University, and a M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling with a specialty in addiction studies with youth from Seattle University. He has designed and managed outpatient and inpatient treatment programs for youth, and designed and managed one of the first all adolescent addiction treatment programs which offered dual disorder, family systems treatment at Ryther Child Center in 1985 through 1991.

He is a Washington State licensed mental health counselor, National Certified Addiction Counselor, and a licensed Chemical Dependency Professional. He has been a part-time faculty member at Edmonds Community College for over 20 years, and currently teaches the Adolescent Assessment and Treatment course, required for Chemical Dependency Professionals who wish to work with youth.

He has provided consultation for the School of Social Work at the University of Washington, the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, and many schools and treatment programs. He speaks to parents, youth, and communities about adolescent development, the risks of early alcohol and drug use, specifically marijuana. He also provides consultation on counselor self care and how to engage and work with youth in multiple treatment setting.

He was the Youth Treatment System Manager for the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (DASA) in Washington State for 18 years, and assisted in the development of adolescent guidelines for treatment, developing youth detox services, multiple new agencies providing inpatient services for youth, and legislative advocacy for treatment for families who could not afford the cost of care.

He is now in full-time counseling practice on Vashon Island and Seattle. He specializes in marijuana dependency in youth and adults, father/son relationship-building, depression, anxiety, and other complicated dual disorders issues. He has lived on Vashon Island for over 25 years. He is the proud father of an adopted teenager. Contact him at 206-463-3050, or email at [email protected].