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Current advances in the treatment of adolescent drug use

Authors Winters K, Tanner-Smith E, Bresani E, Meyers K

Received 22 May 2014

Accepted for publication 3 July 2014

Published 20 November 2014 Volume 2014:5 Pages 199—210


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Ken C Winters,1,3 Emily E Tanner-Smith,2 Elena Bresani,3 Kathleen Meyers3

1Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, 2Peabody Research Institute, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 3Treatment Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Abstract: Research on the development and efficacy of drug abuse treatment for adolescents has made great strides recently. Several distinct models have been studied, and these approaches range from brief interventions to intensive treatments. This paper has three primary aims: to provide an overview of conceptual issues relevant to treating adolescents suspected of drug-related problems, including an overview of factors believed to contribute to a substance use disorder, to review the empirical treatment outcome literature, and to identify areas of need and promising directions for future research.

Keywords: adolescent drug abuse, treatment

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