What if you could teach kids how to get high without drugs? Would it work? Would it make things better or worse? Avani Dilger has been instructing teens in brain chemistry, natural alternatives to drugs...even the hard ones, and creating a safe place for the kids who want to get high...all while staying sober. On top of all of this, she has created an outreach program with her teen leadership team that has suddenly gone worldwide. It does work, it does help, and our podcast host Aaron Huey finds out why.
Avani G. Dilger, MEd, LPC, BC-DMT, CACIII is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Addiction Counselor, a Somatic Psychotherapist, and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). She has specialized in substance abuse treatment with adults, teens-at-risk, and their families. She holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Cologne in Germany and a Master’s in Somatic Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. She has done extensive research and training in traditional and alternative approaches to substance abuse treatment. She is passionate about the creative potential of craving and addiction issues. She has developed the “Natural Highs – Healthy Alternatives to Drugs and Alcohol” Program that integrates traditional and alternative approaches to substance abuse and addiction issues and teaches teens and adults how to work in intelligent ways with their own brain chemistry through body/mind practices, dance, ritual, meditation, and the creative arts. Avani is a trainer and consultant in the Criminal Justice System and has trained probation, parole, and corrections officers in Motivational Interviewing and Evidence-based Practices throughout the U.S. She is an expert reviewer for publications on teen substance abuse issues.