“Because critical brain circuits are still developing during the teen years, this age group is particularly susceptible to drug abuse and addiction,” emphasizes NIDA Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow.
Clinicians are in a prime position to help care for teens with SUDs, and NIDA has developed these resources with them in mind. Dr. Volkow adds, “These new resources are based on recent research that has greatly advanced our understanding of the unique treatment needs of the adolescent.”
You can view and/or download these teen-focused resources here:
- Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research Based Guide: highlights evidence-based treatment approaches for teens and the clinicians’ role in identifying and supporting treatment and recovery for SUDs
- Substance Use Disorders in Adolescents: Screening and Engagement in Primary Care Settings: provides videos on screening teens at risk for or struggling with SUDs
- Marijuana: Facts for Teens: includes FAQs about marijuana and synthetic marijuana (e.g., K2, Spice) and its effects on the teen brain; this booklet can be used as a handout when discussing marijuana with teens.