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Treatment

Treatment of young people with alcohol use problems is part of the underage drinking prevention continuum because its goal is to help them recover from and avoid alcohol use. In addition, because alcohol use by young people may be associated with other behavioral health issues, such as depression, treatment of alcohol use disorders in young people helps to prevent and reduce other disorders. Research provides information about alcohol dependence and treatment among young people. Treatment Programs and Services offers information on programs that are proving effective and where to find services.

Treatment-Related Research

The NSDUH Report: Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use among Adolescents
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) asks persons aged 12 to 17 (i.e., adolescents) how much they think people risk harming themselves physically and in other ways when they use cigarettes, alcohol, and illicit drugs. Response choices are (1) no risk, (2) slight risk, (3) moderate risk, and (4) great risk. This issue of The NSDUH Report presents information on perceptions of great risk from using various substances; data are examined by age and gender. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; November 2009)
The NSDUH Report: Trends in Substance Use, Dependence or Abuse, and Treatment among Adolescents: 2002 to 2007
This issue of The NSDUH Report examines trends in substance use, dependence or abuse, and treatment among adolescents aged 12 to 17. Substance dependence or abuse is defined using criteria in the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which includes symptoms such as withdrawal; tolerance; use in dangerous situations; trouble with the law; and interference in major obligations at work, school, or home during the past year. Respondents also are asked about the treatment they received for a substance use problem. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; December 2008)

Treatment Programs and Services

Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner’s Guide
This guide is designed to help health care professionals quickly identify youth at risk for alcohol-related problems. Based on just two questions, one that asks about friends’ drinking and another that asks about personal drinking frequency, health care professionals can now detect risk early, in contrast to other screens that focus on established alcohol problems. This early detection tool aims to help prevent alcohol-related problems in children and youth before they start or address them at early stage. (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2011)
Substance Abuse Treatment Locator
This searchable directory of drug and alcohol treatment programs shows the location of facilities around the country that treat alcoholism and alcohol abuse and drug abuse problems. The Locator includes more than 11,000 addiction treatment programs, including residential treatment centers, outpatient treatment programs, and hospital inpatient programs for drug addiction and alcoholism. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices
The National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices is a searchable online registry of more than 200 interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

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