Adolescent Substance Abuse: Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment

Hardcover | December 12, 2008

EditorCarl Leukefeld, Thomas P. Gullotta, Michelle Staton-Tindall

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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:Presents evidence-based support for the treatment decision-making process by identifying interventions that work, might work, and don't work. Identifies individual traits associated with susceptibility to substance abuse and addiction in youth.Provides a biogenetic model of the effects of drugs on the brain (and refines the concept of gateway drugs).Evaluates the effectiveness of prevention programs in school and community settings. Adds historical, spiritual, and legal perspectives on substance use and misuse.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.

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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 chal...

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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 chal...

Carl Leukefeld, is Professor of Behavioral Science, Psychiatry, Oral Health Science and Social Work; Chair of the Department of Behavioral Science and Director of the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, with a graduate appointment in Sociology. He came to the University of Kentucky in 1990 to establish the Center on Drug and Alcohol R...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:282 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0 inPublished:December 12, 2008Publisher:Springer USLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface.- 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.- Adolescence 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.- Epilogue: The Status of Knowledge Development and Evidence Based Interventions for Adolescent Substance Abuse.- About the Editors.- About the Authors.

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From the reviews:"This book identifies individual characteristics that appear to increase the susceptibility of some adolescents to misuse substances and the evidence-based approaches to treatment and prevention that are efficacious as well as those that are ineffective. . This book would clearly be most beneficial for individuals in the substance abuse counseling profession, as well as mental health clinicians and those in treatment intervention and prevention program development. Academic audiences might include graduate students in counseling and clinical psychology . ." (Michael S. Goldsby, Doody's Review Service, January, 2010)