Talking About Substance Abuse with Children

with Ahuva Batya Scharff

10:20 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 in the Beit Midrash

Last year more than 70,000 people died of drug overdose in the United States, many of them very young people. Life expectancy in America is getting shorter because of substance abuse, in contrast to world trends. In times such as these, how do we talk to children and adolescents about drugs and alcohol?

In this interactive discussion, addiction researcher and mental health advocate Ahuva Scharff, PhD, will discuss substance abuse with parents, give tips on how to talk with kids of different ages, and will answer questions about substance abuse.

Dr. Scharff is an internationally recognized speaker and author on the topics of addiction recovery and mental health. She serves as Science and Research Chair on the board of Rock to Recovery, a music therapy-based addiction and trauma treatment group. She is writing a book on the power of music therapy with Rock to Recovery founder Wesley Geer. Previously, she was the Senior Addiction
Research Fellow and Director of Addiction Research for Cliffside Malibu, an addiction treatment center based in Malibu, Calif. Her research centers around using complementary health and contemplative practices to improve treatment outcomes among addicts
and the mentally ill.

Dr. Scharff is coauthor of the best-selling book, Ending Addiction for Good and the award-winning poetry book, Meeting
God at Midnight. She regularly travels the world speaking, teaching and advocating for compassionate health practices that destigmatize mental health problems.


Congregation Beth Israel offers enrichment sessions on a variety of topics for parents and CBI community members during Kesher Sunday classes on selected dates. Information: (360) 733-8890 or