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A national campaign to address the substance use treatment needs of adolescents.

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Based on NIDA's publication: Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide, this campaign will:

  • familiarize treatment providers with research study outcomes
  • provide strategies to incorporate those findings into practice
  • address the implications for treating adolescents

Through the use of a social media campaign, quarterly updates and webinars conducted by experts in the field, users will learn about a variety of topics including:

  • the developing brain
  • behavioral therapies proven effective for adolescents
  • treatment retention and cultural adaptions
  • the importance of testing for sexually transmitted infections

Upcoming Webinars

Effective Family Treatments for Adolescent Substance Use Disorders

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern (12pm Central / 11am Mountain /10am Pacific)

This presentation will describe the strong evidence base supporting family therapy for treating adolescent substance use disorders.

It will first review the evidence for and content of empirically supported manualized family therapy models, including:

  • brief strategic family therapy (BSFT)
  • functional family therapy (FFT)
  • multidimensional family therapy (MDFT)
  • multisystemic therapy (MST)

Although these "brand-name" models differ from one another along several dimensions of intervention focus and sequencing, they are common members of the broader FT approach. The presentation will delineate these "core elements" of FT, including signature interventions such as embracing developmentally calibrated parenting strategies, intervening directly with family members to repair intrafamilial relationships, and addressing challenges encountered by adolescents and caregivers in key extrafamilial systems.

Second, the presentation will describe an innovative empirical method for distilling the core elements of FT that can also serve as a template for rigorous distillation of other treatment approaches. Finally, we will present data on the fidelity and effectiveness of core family therapy implemented in community settings during routine care for adolescent problems behaviors.

Aaron Hogue, Ph.D. is Director of Adolescent and Family Research at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. He is a licensed clinical psychologist who has published extensively on evidence-based family therapy models for adolescent substance use (ASU) and related behavioral problems. His 20 year federally funded research program produced the first observational measure of adherence to family-focused interventions for ASU. Dr. Hogue is currently the Principal Investigator of an R01 funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse developing a non-proprietary, psychometrically valid quality assurance toolkit to promote the delivery of family-focused ASU treatment in routine care settings.

Molly Bobek, LCSW is a Senior Research Associate at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. She is a licensed clinical social worker who conducts clinical research on the long-term outcomes of evidence based family therapy models for ASU in real-world settings, as well as the distillation of core techniques across different evidence-based family therapy models. Molly has over 10 years of clinical experience providing family therapy across outpatient, community mental health, and residential settings. She is currently a Teaching Fellow at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, one of the premier facilities for training family therapists in the United States.

NIDA/SAMHSA-ATTC Adolescent Blending Team Members

  • Phillip Orrick, Chair - South Southwest ATTC
  • Jason Burrow-Sánchez, PhD - Central Rockies ATTC
  • Leslie Cohen, BS - New England ATTC
  • Marjean Searcy, SSW - Central Rockies ATTC
  • Pat Stilen, LCSW - Mid-America ATTC

Find out more about the NIDA/SAMHSA-ATTC Blending Initiative

NIDA Children & Teens Resources

Get the inside information on how different drugs can affect the brain and the body and what you can do to get involved. For more resources, see the NIDA for Teens web site.

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  • About 7-8% of adolescents in need of substance use treatment actually receive treatment (SAMHSA, 2010) and SAMHSA TEDS 2011.
  • Substance dependence for illicit drugs was higher in those aged 12-17 (1.8%) than individuals aged 26+ (1.4%) (Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, 2015)
  • Alcohol, marijuana and tobacco are the top three substances used by adolescents (Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, 2015)

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