Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Primary Subject Area
Education, Educational Psychology; Psychology, Clinical; Religion, Clergy; Religion, General; Social Work
Watkins, Philip A., "“Waltzing with the Monster,” Interventions with the Substance-Abusing Adolescent for Pastors, Treatment Providers, and Family" (2006). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 275.
The biblical story of the "Prodigal Son" is a universal experience made significantly more precarious by the use of mind altering chemicals. A review of the literature reveals that approximately half of all problems impacting American families are caused or exacerbated by the abuse of alcohol or other drugs. This project's focus is the impact of substance abuse on the developing adolescent. Chemical "hijacking" of the brain's pleasure centers and resultant dysfunction is examined. Primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention are discussed. Interventions which facilitate the young person's "homecoming" and implications for the community of faith are integrated.