Can Parents Provide Brief Intervention Services to Their Drug-Abusing Teenager?

Ken C. Winters, Andria Botzet, Christine Dittel, Tamara Fahnhorst, Ali Nicholson

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The importance of parents as “interventionists” is supported by reviews of the treatment literature (e.g., Smit, Verdurmen, Monshouwer, & Smit, 2008; Winters, Botzet, Fahnhorst, & Koskey, 2009) as well as the emerging science that home-based initiatives by parents can contribute to desired health changes in adolescents (Fearnow, Chassin, Presson, & Sherman, 1998; Jackson & Dickinson, 2006). Parental influences on an adolescent can include reducing initiation, as well as altering its maintenance if it has started. This article describes a project aimed at helping parents to deal with a teenager who has already started to use alcohol or other drugs. Home Base is a home-based, parent-led program aimed at reversing the trajectory of drug use in an already drug-using adolescent. The program’s content is organized around motivational enhancement and cognitive behavioral techniques. The ongoing study is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-141
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 4 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse [Grant Numbers P50-DA027841, K02-DA15347].


  • adolescent drug abuse
  • intervention
  • parenting

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