Role of Families, Schools, and Communities in Treatment and Recovery: From First Responders to Sustained Support

  • David G. StewartEmail author
  • Anita Chu
  • Nancy Rappaport


Families, schools, and communities play a critical role for adolescents with problematic substance use. These supports can mobilize to strengthen recovery with successful early problem recognition, cultivation of appropriate attitudes and behaviors, and engagement with treatment to reinforce sustained change. High-quality evidence-based treatment interventions targeting families, schools, and communities have demonstrated effectiveness and offer practical guidance for parenting and educating adolescents in treatment and recovery. This chapter provides an overview of evidence-based practices that help adolescents reduce or abstain from problematic substance use; develop the necessary social, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive skills to cope with the challenges of recovery; and ultimately thrive in a sober life.


Family therapy School-based intervention Systemic approaches Adolescent substance use Community-based first responses 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryCambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical SchoolCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Child Guidance Center of Southern ConnecticutStamfordUSA

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