The transition from childhood to adolescence and subsequently adulthood represents two unique developmental periods with significant changes in social networks and interactions. Increasing attention has been given to the possible disruptions and expected changes of cognitive and psychosocial transitions during these periods. Adolescence and early adulthood are the peak times for initiation of substance use disorders (SUD), particularly tobacco, marijuana, prescription drugs, and alcohol. The health care provider’s capacity to respond appropriately to substance use disorders in adolescents is limited at best. Adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the high risk for serious complications of illicit SUD, which include overdose, death, suicide, HIV, and hepatitis C. Both medication-assisted treatment and evidence-based SUD counseling are available, but underused in this vulnerable population. In addition, access to developmentally appropriate treatment strategies is restricted for adolescents and young adults, making effective treatment out of reach for this group. This presentation discusses considerations for determining the level of care for adolescents with substance use disorders and the use of behavioral approaches for the treatment of adolescents with or at risk for substance use disorders.
**This content was captured at the 2017 APA Annual Meeting and may reference information from various sources and terminology from previous editions of the DSM.
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- Describe various inpatient and outpatient community resources available for adolescents struggling with substance use disorders
- Identify benefits, limitations, and nuances between various cognitive therapies studied in adolescents with substance use disorders
- Recognize the value of family-based approaches when treating adolescents with substance use disorders
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Begin Date: January 1, 2019
End Date: December 31, 2021
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- Lauren Teverbaugh, M.D., Tulane University School of Medicine. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Cassidy Cooper, D.O., University of Massachusetts Medical School. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Ricardo A. Juarez, M.S., Director, District Branch and International Relations, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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