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Treatment of Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders

Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 32


Rockville (MD): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US); .
Report No.: (SMA) 99-3283

This TIP, Treatment of Adolescents With Substance Use Disorders, updates TIP 4, published in 1993, and presents information on substance use disorder treatment for adolescent clients. Adolescents differ from adults both physiologically and emotionally as they make the transition from child to adult and, thus, require treatment adapted to their needs. The onset of substance use is occurring at younger ages, resulting in more adolescents entering treatment for substance use disorders than has been observed in the past. In order to treat this population effectively, treatment providers must address the issues that play significant roles in an adolescent's life, such as cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and moral development, and family and peer environment. This TIP focuses on ways to specialize treatment for adolescents, as well as on common and effective program components and approaches being used today.


This publication is part of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant technical assistance program. This publication was written under contract number 270-95-0013 with The CDM Group, Inc. (CDM). Sandra Clunies, MS, ICADC, served as the CSAT government project officer. Rose M Urban, MSW, JD, CSAC, served as the CDM TIPs project director. Other CDM TIPs personnel included Y-Lang Nguyen, production/copy editor, Raquel Ingraham, MS, project manager, Virginia Vitzthum, former managing editor, Mary Smolenski, EdD, CRNP, former project director, and MaryLou Leonard, former project manager.

The opinions expressed herein are the views of the Consensus Panel members and do not reflect the official position of CSAT, SAMHSA, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). No official support or endorsement of CSAT, SAMHSA, or DHHS for these opinions or for particular instruments or software that may be described in this document is intended or should be inferred. The guidelines proffered in this document should not be considered as substitutes for individualized client care and treatment decisions.

Bookshelf ID: NBK64350PMID: 22514838


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