Advances in adolescent substance abuse treatment

Ken C. Winters, Andria M. Botzet, Tamara Fahnhorst

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Alcohol and other drug use among adolescents has been a public health problem for decades. Although some substance use may be developmentally routine, a concerning number of adolescents meet criteria for a substance use disorder and could greatly benefit from a quality treatment experience. However, parents and health care providers want evidence of the efficacy of adolescent-specific treatment programs. This review summarizes four factors surrounding the efficacy of current adolescent treatment programs: 1) adolescent-specific treatment services; 2) the variety of therapeutic modalities; 3) relapse and recovery rates; and 4) the need for evidence-based, quality assessments and research. Current adolescent treatment efforts are summarized, and the recent literature regarding the efficacy of adolescent treatment and recovery rates is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-421
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent psychiatry reports
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2011


  • Adolescents
  • Aftercare
  • Brief intervention
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Contingency management reinforcement approach
  • Drug treatment
  • Family-based therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Recovery
  • Substance abuse
  • Substance use disorders
  • Therapeutic community
  • Treatment effectiveness
  • Treatment outcome
  • Twelve-step program


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