Adolescent Substance Abuse

Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment

  • Carl  Leukefeld
  • Thomas P. Gullotta
  • Michelle Staton-Tindall

Part of the Issue in Children’s and Families’ Lives book series (IICL, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Thomas H. Kelly, Alessandra N. Kazura, Karen M. Lommel, Shanna Babalonis, Catherine A. Martin
    Pages 15-43
  3. Ken C. Winters, Andria M. Botzet, Tamara Fahnhorst, Randy Stinchfield, Rachel Koskey
    Pages 73-96
  4. Richard Dembo, Randolph D. Muck
    Pages 97-117
  5. Martin Bloom, Thomas P. Gullotta
    Pages 155-170
  6. Terrence D. Hill, Amy M. Burdette, Michael L. Weiss, Dale D. Chitwood
    Pages 171-189
  7. Zili Sloboda
    Pages 191-212
  8. Elizabeth J. D’Amico, Matthew Chinman, Stefanie A. Stern, Abraham Wandersman
    Pages 213-249
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 251-272

About this book


Substance abuse is, and has always been, an indisputable fact of life. People – especially young people – abuse various legal and illegal substances for any number of reasons: to intensify feelings, to achieve deeper consciousness, to escape reality, to self-medicate. And as substance-abusing teenagers mature, they pose particular challenges to the professionals charged with keeping them clean and sober and helping them maintain recovery into adulthood.

Adolescent Substance Abuse: Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment offers clear, interdisciplinary guidance that grounds readers in the many contexts – developmental, genetic, social, and familial among them – crucial to creating effective interventions and prevention methods. Its contributors examine current findings regarding popularly used therapies, including psychopharmacology, residential treatment, school- and community-based programs, group homes, and specific forms of individual, family, and group therapy.

Accessible to a wide professional audience, this volume:

  • Presents evidence-based support for the treatment decision-making process by identifying interventions that work, might work, and don’t work.
  • Identifies individual traits associated with susceptibility to substance abuse and addiction in youth.
  • Provides a biogenetic model of the effects of drugs on the brain (and refines the concept of gateway drugs).
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of prevention programs in school and community settings.
  • Adds historical, spiritual, and legal perspectives on substance use and misuse.
  • Includes the bonus resource, the Community Prevention Handbook on Adolescent Substance Abuse and Treatment.

This volume is an all-in-one reference for counseling professionals and clinicians working with youth and families as well as program developers in state and local agencies and graduate students in counseling and prevention.


Addiction Adolescents Community Programs Counseling Drug Abuse Evidence-Based Practice Evidence-Based Practices Family Therapy Prevention Psychopharmacology Residential Treatment Substance Abuse Treatment development intervention

Editors and affiliations

  • Carl  Leukefeld
    • 1
  • Thomas P. Gullotta
    • 2
  • Michelle Staton-Tindall
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. Behavioral ScienceUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonU.S.A.
  2. 2.Child & Family Agency of SoutheasternNew LondonU.S.A.
  3. 3.College of MedicineUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonU.S.A.

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-09730-5
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-09732-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-1981
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