Adolescent Substance Abuse

Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment

  • Carl G. Leukefeld
  • Thomas P. Gullotta

Part of the Issues in Children's and Families' Lives book series (IICL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Thomas P. Gullotta, Carl G. Leukefeld
    Pages 1-5
  3. Thomas H. Kelly, Arit Harvanko, Mark E. Pierce, Abner O. Rayapati, Catherine A. Martin
    Pages 23-65
  4. Ken C. Winters, Andria M. Botzet, Randy Stinchfield, Rachel Gonzales-Castaneda, Andrew J. Finch, Timothy F. Piehler et al.
    Pages 141-171
  5. Shaun I. Calix, Kevin C. Garrett, Mark A. Fine
    Pages 173-190
  6. Emily K. Lichvar, Sally Stilwell, Tanvi Ajmera, Andrea L. Alexander, Robert W. Plant, Peter Panzarella et al.
    Pages 191-213
  7. Justin C. Strickland, William W. Stoops
    Pages 233-260
  8. Sarabeth Leukefeld Biermann, Carl G. Leukefeld
    Pages 261-276
  9. Martin Bloom, Thomas P. Gullotta
    Pages 277-292
  10. Katherine R. Marks, Carl G. Leukefeld
    Pages 293-307
  11. Pamela S. Imm, Matthew Chinman, Magdalena Kulesza, Sarah Hunter, Joie Acosta
    Pages 333-377
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 379-397

About this book


The second edition of this book incorporates the latest theory, research, and best practices for understanding, treating, and preventing substance abuse among adolescents.  It updates the progress made in treatments for and prevention of the misuse of substances and adds new specific chapters on prescriptions, opiates, and methamphetamine abuse. The book discusses the effects of commonly abused substances, from tobacco and alcohol to stimulants and opioids, on the human brain and the various psychosocial routes to their misuse by adolescents. Chapters provide evidence-based guidelines for assessing adolescent treatment needs and review psychological, pharmacological, family, and self-help interventions. The book offers new paths in diverse directions, analyzes the core components of substance use prevention, critiques emerging school-based interventions, and introduces a nuanced reconceptualization of recovery.

Topics featured in the book include:

  • The effect of family and caregiver situations on adolescent substance abuse.
  • A biological/genetic perspective on adolescent substance abuse.
  • School-based preventions and the evolution of evidence-based strategies.
  • The role of adolescent self-help in substance abuse interventions.
  • Community-based interventions to reduce alcohol use and misuse.

Adolescent Substance Abuse, Second Edition, is a must-have reference for researchers, clinicians/practitioners, and graduate students in the fields of child and school psychology, social work, public health, developmental psychology, child and adolescent psychiatry, and various interrelated mental health and social policy arenas.


Adolescence and substance abuse Alcohol and teenagers Biological factors and adolescent drug misuse Community resources and teenage substance abuse Epidemiology and teenage substance abuse Genetic factors and adolescent drug misuse Heroin and adolescents Juvenile justice and adolescent substance abuse Marijuana and adolescents Methamphetamine abuse during adolescence Opioid abuse and adolescence Prescription drug abuse and adolescents Prevention and adolescent substance abuse Recovery and female adolescents Residential drug treatment and adolescence School systems and substance abuse Stimulant abuse and adolescents Substance abuse prevention Tobacco and adolescence Treatments and adolescent substance misuse

Editors and affiliations

  • Carl G. Leukefeld
    • 1
  • Thomas P. Gullotta
    • 2
  1. 1.University of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.Child and Family Agency of Southeastern ConnecticutNew LondonUSA

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