Adolescent Substance Abuse

Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment
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Carl Leukefeld
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9, Issues in Children's and Families' Lives

Substance abuse is, and has always been, an indisputable fact of life. People - especially young people - abuse various legal and illegal substances for any number of reasons: to intensify feelings, to achieve deeper consciousness, to escape reality, to self-medicate. And as substance-abusing teenagers mature, they pose particular challenges to the professionals charged with keeping them clean and sober and helping them maintain recovery into adulthood.

Adolescent Substance Abuse: Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment offers clear, interdisciplinary guidance that grounds readers in the many contexts - developmental, genetic, social, and familial among them - crucial to creating effective interventions and prevention methods. Its contributors examine current findings regarding popularly used therapies, including psychopharmacology, residential treatment, school- and community-based programs, group homes, and specific forms of individual, family, and group therapy.

Accessible to a wide professional audience, this volume: (1) Presents evidence-based support for the treatment decision-making process by identifying interventions that work, might work, and don't work. (2) Identifies individual traits associated with susceptibility to substance abuse and addiction in youth. (3) Provides a biogenetic model of the effects of drugs on the brain (and refines the concept of gateway drugs). (4) Evaluates the effectiveness of prevention programs in school and community settings. (5) Adds historical, spiritual, and legal perspectives on substance use and misuse. (6) Includes the bonus resource, the Community Prevention Handbook on Adolescent Substance Abuse and Treatment.

This volume is an all-in-one reference for counseling professionals and clinicians working with youth and families as well as program developers in state and local agencies and graduate students in counseling and prevention.
Gathers into one concise volume the evidence in support of or against the use of psychopharmacology
Reviews the positives and negatives of residential treatment, community care (e.g., group homes), specific individual and group therapies
Examines family therapies and provides an overview of programs that work effectively in schools and communities
A Selected Social History of the Stepping-Stone Drugs.- A Biological/Genetic Perspective: The Addicted Brain.- Individual Characteristics and Needs Associated with Substance Misuse of Adolescents and Young Adults in Addiction Treatment.- Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment: A Review of Evidence-Based Research.- Adolescent Outpatient Treatment.- Evidence-Based Family Treatment of Adolescent Substance Abuse and Dependence.- Residential Treatment of Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders: Evidence-Based Approaches and Best Practice Recommendations.- Primary Prevention in Adolescent Substance Abuse.- Religious Involvement and Adolescent Substance Use.- School Prevention.- Community Prevention Handbook on Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment: Evidence-Based Practices.
This text offers clear, interdisciplinary guidance that illuminates the many contexts - developmental, genetic, social, and familial among them - crucial to effective intervention and prevention. Contributors examine current findings on widely used therapies.

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