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Adolescent Substance Use Disorder

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All health care providers need greater awareness of updated resources for use with adolescents experiencing problems with alcohol and other substance use disorders (SUD). Many family members, K-12 educators, and pediatric health care providers are aware of adolescents returning to problematic use, even after long-term SUD treatment. However, emerging research has a greater focus on the process of recovery, highlighting a better understanding of how to achieve positive outcomes.

This teaching strategy focuses on:

  • validated tools specifically designed for the assessment of adolescents
  • resources to help locate and analyze the quality of treatment programs
  • assessment of the adolescent throughout the process of recovery initiation/maintenance

Information on the use of updated recovery language is provided, as well as an overview of how to locate the most successful community-level resources (e.g., recovery high schools and alternative peer groups). It is critical for everyone involved with the mental health and well-being of adolescents to understand recovery-oriented systems of care.

Adolescent Substance Use Disorder

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