Understanding and Treating Adolescent Substance Use Disorders
Assessment, Treatment, Juvenile Justice Responses

Nancy Jainchill, Ph.D., Editor

“An outstanding resource for both practitioners and academics.” —David Farabee, Ph.D., UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

“A timely and useful synthesis.”
— Michael L. Dennis, Ph.D., Senior Research Psychologist and GAIN Coordinating Center Director, Chestnut Health System

More than 10% of high school students today have a serious substance use disorder.

This important new book is an essential resource for every professional working with young people at risk for substance abuse or suffering from a serious use disorder.  It brings together, in a single authoritative volume, the most significant research findings on adolescent substance use, and expansive presentations on effective therapeutic interventions with examples of successful implementation. 

With contributions from the field’s foremost experts, this book:

  • Explains why adolescents abuse drugs and alcohol, and how substance use differs among different social and cultural groups
  • Identifies the environmental, intrapersonal, and interpersonal factors that influence adolescent drug using behaviors and explains how to address these factors in developing a treatment plan
  • Provides a comprehensive “tool kit” of evidence-based intervention options along with expert guidance on when and how to use different treatment approaches for different clients

Turn to this expert volume for answers to the critical questions you face every day working with youth who have substance use/abuse issues:

  • How to ensure the accuracy of AOD assessmentand strategies that work in the context of developmental considerations
  • Best treatments for teens with co-occurring psychiatric conditions
  • Psychosocial interventions for traumatic stress in substance abusing adolescents
  • Treating adolescent girls—why their substance use problems are often not the same as boys’, how their treatment needs are different, and how to provide effective gender-sensitive services
  • Risk reduction interventions for STD/HIV and substance use
  • Substance use and homeless youthsdevelopment, and working with the resilience often found in thishigh-risk population
  • Family-based treatment—what essential features distinguish each of the various approaches and how to match the best approach to an adolescent’s needs and family circumstances
  • How and when to use group therapy—why “group” can often be the most resource-efficient and effective option for adolescents, especially cognitive behavioral models
  • How to provide vital continuing care using a service system that works at multiple levels of care and with multiple types of treatment
  • Working with justice-system-involved youth—the key components of a recovery-oriented integrated system of  care that takes the client from the justice system to the community

“In Understanding and Treating Adolescent Substance Use Disorders: Assessment, Treatment, Juvenile Justice Response, Nancy Jainchill has brought together an edited volume of chapters by some of the field’s leading experts that cover the waterfront in terms of problems (e.g., assessment, co-occurring problems, gender difference, low retention in spite of evidence of its importance), an alphabet soup of evidence-based treatment approaches (e.g., ACC, CBT, BSFT, MDFT, MST, TC) and go into depth on several key areas including the importance of treating complex trauma and externalizing disorders, identification and diversion of youth in the juvenile justice system, providing continuing care, and the need for recovery oriented systems of care).  The adolescent treatment literature is small and scattered in many places— but also growing fast, making this latest edition a timely and useful synthesis.” 
Michael L. Dennis, Ph.D., Senior Research Psychologist and GAIN Coordinating Center Director, Chestnut Health Systems

“Substance abuse poses a serious threat to adolescents’ transition to adulthood—producing long-term, sometimes irreversible, consequences. Understanding and Treating Adolescent Substance Use Disorders offers a wealth of information for professionals who are serious about addressing this problem. Armed with the latest numbers, top scholars weigh in on practical issues related to assessing and treating substance use disorders among adolescents. This is an outstanding resource for both practitioners and academics.”
—David Farabee, Ph.D., Professor in Residence, UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

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Managing Adolescent Depression
Substance Dependence and Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disorders

Treating Addicted Offenders




Table of Contents (PDF)
Format: Hardcover Book
© MMXII 512 pp.
ISBN 978-1-887554-89-3
Price: US $135.95
Product Code: TASUD



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