VISTAS Substance Abuse

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Best Practices: Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Adolescents

Angela L. Colistra, Charles E. Crite, Jr., James E. Campbell, and Adam Brickner


Best practices in substance use disorder treatment for adolescents is a focus for treatment providers and researchers. NIDA (2014a) reported that drug use is highest among people in their late teens. With different drugs of use widely available to teenagers, it is important that treatment providers offer appropriate research based treatments that match each client’s drugs of use. These authors review the best practices for adolescent substance use disorder treatment which are outlined by National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and include: family involvement, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral approaches, adolescent brain considerations, and 12-step facilitation. In addition these authors include discussion and review research focused on current trends of mindfulness and spirituality. How these recommended practices are applied to adolescent substance use disorder treatment requires special attention, so implications for treatments providers are provided.

Keyword: Adolescents, substance use disorder treatment, substance abuse treatment, best practices

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