Teen Substance Use and

Support/Education Group

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As a parent, you are probably worried. Scared. Angry. And you don't know what to do. Or where to turn.

Maybe your teen is partying on the weekend, lying about drinking, getting in trouble for smoking pot, hanging out with friends who drink or smoke or even missing school or other activities because of alcohol or other substances?

Is your teen -

  • Angry?
  • Depressed?
  • Feeling numb or empty?
  • Having suicidal thoughts?
  • Having conflicts at school or at home?
  • Coping by drinking or using drugs?
  • Court involved for DUI?

The Wise Family is offering an 8-week, co-ed group focused on supporting teens 14-17 struggling with the challenges that substance use and associated mental health symptoms cause. This group is a harm reduction group focused on reducing reliance on substances, learning about mental health, and inner resource management/coping skill development.

Teens must be able to commit to safety, not exhibit substance use behaviors that would result in hospitalization, not require inpatient rehabilitation, or currently be on probation. Sobriety is not a requirement of group admission, but if a group member is suspected of being under the influence at the time of meeting, they will not be permitted to participate that day.

Members will receive group therapy as well as extended family support as appropriate. 

Where: The Wise Family Arlington Office, 4620 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22206, Suite 217

When: Mondays, April 24 - June 27

Time: 6:00pm - 7:15pm

Cost: $625 for 8 sessions or 3 payments of $225

Connect with like-minded individuals experiencing similar struggles

Boost confidence

Learn coping mechanisms & strategies to end

substance addiction

This group will be facilitated by Zach Shifflett.

Zach is a Resident in Counseling with The Wise Family, Counseling, Assessment & Parent Coaching. He was born and raised in Winchester, Virginia and currently resides in D.C. Zach completed his undergraduate degree at James Madison University where he studied Psychology and History. He then worked as an Intensive In-Home Therapist until returning to pursue his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the College of William & Mary.

Zach has worked to grow his therapeutic skills in many settings with various populations, including community mental health, outpatient therapy, and an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Zach’s primary areas of interest are substance misuse, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Zach collaborates with individuals facing challenges in these areas to examine how they would like to grow and move toward their personal goals. Zach loves doing both group and individual work!

Zach believes that the most important part of healing is the therapeutic relationship. He fosters this by creating a strong alliance between therapist and client which is built on trust, authenticity, and reliability. He feels that change is a process of personal insight, healthy challenges, and change through growth. The process of self-discovery is a powerful and beautiful journey, one which he is grateful to be a part of. Zach prefers to delve deeper with individuals and groups, integrating classic counseling techniques with processing and reflection.

When Zach isn’t practicing therapy, you can find him playing guitar and drums, painting, drawing, fishing, snowboarding, exploring D.C., reading, cooking, hiking, camping, playing video games, playing board games, and spending quality time with friends. Zach believes life is a beautiful adventure to be explored and enjoyed!

Join our weekly support & education group!

This is a weekly support group held on Monday evenings at our Arlington office. Click the below button to register!

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