Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Best Practices for Maintaining Sobriety 

Substance use has become an epidemic among teenagers. American adolescents and young adults, ages 12 to 29, need treatment for drug and alcohol problems, according to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. A prompt and effective intervention is particularly crucial in this special population. In fact, it's urgent to do so as soon as you know the person is using.






Alternative Forms of Care can Prevent Burnout for 
the Mental Health Professional


As mental health professionals who engage and work with the teenage population, self-care should be a priority. A common concern among professionals in the mental health field is the issue of staff burnout, which can be defined in the following ways: 


Emotional exhaustion, or the state of being overextended, fatigued, or depleted. 





Book Spotlight: 

'You Have a Brain: A Teen's Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G.' by Renowned Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, M.D.
Being a teenager in today's world is not easy. Trying to  fit in, enduring peer pressure while trying to  disc-  over yourself can be overwhelming. Society places  external pressure on teenagers to perform well  in school so they can attend a good college and land  a successful career. The media pressures teenagers  to "fit in" and become popular. Parents want  their teenagers to grow up to be kind and caring adults.

Adolescent Drinking 
Affects Adult Behavior Through Long-Lasting Changes in Genes

Binge-drinking during adolescence may perturb brain development at a critical time and leave lasting effects on genes and behavior that persist into adulthood.

The findings, by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine using an animal model, are reported online in the journal Neurobiology of Disease.

"This may be the mechanism through which adolescent binge-drinking increases the risk for psychiatric disorders, including alcoholism, in adulthood," says lead author Subhash Pandey, professor of psychiatry and director of neuroscience alcoholism research at UIC.

Identifying Teens at 
Risk  for Hashish Use

The recent increase in popularity of marijuana use coupled with more liberal state-level polices has begun to change the landscape of adolescent marijuana use. More potent forms of marijuana, such as hashish, may present a threat to adolescent health. A wealth of research has been conducted to examine risk factors for teen marijuana use; however, studies rarely differentiate between different forms of marijuana.

A new study, published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse by researchers affiliated with New York University's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR), was among the first to examine prevalence and correlates of hashish use in a nationally representative sample of US high school students.


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