A New Way to View, Treat, Prevent Adolescent Drug, Alcohol Use

We cannot afford inaction. Like other chronic illnesses with social, biological and environmental determinants, substance use disorders are best addressed with a full continuum of care including wellness and prevention, early intervention, treatment and continuing care, and recovery support services.

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Health and Human Services Misinterprets Foster Care Data

Let’s assume that there has been a real increase in parental substance abuse. The biggest flaw in HHS’ logic is the implicit assumption that the only way to respond to this is to throw the children into foster care.

Responding to Youth Who Have Depression or Suicidal Thoughts

In between wilderness hikes and zip lining, teens attending the weekend Camp Mariposa® addiction prevention and mentoring program learn to recognize signs of depression in themselves and those they love . . .

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LA Drug Court’s Wrap-around Services Help Parents Quit Drugs, Keep Their Kids

“I didn’t know how to be a mom,” Lisa Galvan said. “I was used to being by myself. It was really hard for me to adjust and even for the kids to adjust because I never was around . . .

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Identifying Early Substance Use and Risk in School Settings

Adolescence is a critical time to prevent initiation of substance use, but unfortunately, adolescent substance use is typically only addressed once it has already become problematic.

Is U.S. Opioid Crisis Straining State Child Welfare Systems?

While a national opioid crisis rages, the number of child welfare cases surges natinoally. Is this more than a coincidence?

“Both things are true, that we are seeing a spike in opioid use disorders and we’re seeing an increase in foster care placements,” said Sharon Amatetti, MPH, a chief at the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. “But we can’t say that one is directly causing the other.”

The Importance of Confidentiality for Effective SBIRT Interventions for Teens

For the SBIRT model to work, an open and honest conversation must occur between a young person and practitioner. But for a population that cannot legally consume alcohol and may be using illegal drugs, honest disclosure poses risks. Confidentiality is huge.