Adolescents, Young Adults and Addiction: Hazelden in Naples begins 2014 community lecture series at Hodges University


NAPLES, Fla. (Dec. 30, 2013) – At a time when teen substance abuse has reached crisis proportions, Hazelden’s addiction treatment center in Naples will present a series of community lectures on emerging drug trends and the ever-changing culture of addiction among our youth.

The first event, Adolescents, Young Adults and Risk: What Parents Need to Know, will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 at Hodges University in Naples and will feature Joseph Lee, M.D., medical director for Hazelden’s youth services.

Dr. Lee, a psychiatrist, author and adolescent addiction and mental health expert, works with families across the country and abroad helping them deal with drug and alcohol abuse, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders that teens struggle with today. Dr. Lee will address important issues like how parents help their teens navigate the critical teen years, especially in the context of an ever-expanding array of available drugs and rapidly shifting cultural perspectives, and provide insights on how parents can know whether their child is at risk for addiction or mental health issues.

“All too often, parents gain knowledge and access help too late in the process,” said Dr. Lee. “I will share an honest look at what parents need to know to guide their teens through these critical years.”

Teachers, law enforcement and mental health professionals will also benefit from Dr. Lee’s insightful lecture and can earn one free CE credit. The lecture is free and open to the public. A “meet and greet” with Dr. Lee will begin at 6:30 p.m., and a signing of Dr. Lee’s latest book, Recovering My Kid, will follow the lecture.

Hodges University is located at 2655 Northbrooke Dr. in Naples. The lecture will take place in the White Community Room. Registration is not necessary. For more information, contact Mary Campbell at 239-659-2351 or [email protected]

About Hazelden
Hazelden, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1949, helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. The Naples site opened in 2010. Built on decades of knowledge and experience, Hazelden offers a comprehensive approach to addiction that addresses the full range of patient, family, and professional needs, including treatment and continuing care for youth and adults, research, higher education, public education and advocacy, and publishing. It currently has facilities in Florida, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois and New York. Learn more at