Blog: Evidence-Based Practices

8 Great Resources for Improving Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment

adolescent-substance-abuse-8-resources-top-of-the-pops-album-coverWant help improving adolescent substance abuse treatment in your community? We've published a lot of excellent resources since we launched this blog a year ago. 
(Yes, we're still celebrating this blog's birthday. Missed our earlier celebration? Check out the list of our top 10 most popular stories on juvenile justice and adolescent substance abuse.)
Here's eight more great posts from our archives, aimed at helping you with teen treatment:

Roundup: Reclaiming Futures in Action; California Mulls Legalizing (and Taxing) Marijuana; and More

juvenile-justice-reform-adolescent-substance-abuse-treatment-news-TVJuvenile Justice Reform Stories

Roundup: Half of all U.S. Kids are Assaulted Each Year; Pitting Pre-Schoolers Against Teens in Budget Fights Is Bad Policy; and More

Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment - Implementing EBPs

adolescent-substance-abuse-treatment-TAP31-coverWant help implementing evidence-based practices in your adolescent substance abuse treatment system?
1.  Check out The Change Book (available free from the ATTC); and
2.  Get a copy of Implementing Change in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs, a new free publication from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Can Puppets Keep Kids Out of the Juvenile Justice System?

keep-kids-out-of-the-juvenile-justice-system-with-puppets-video-stillCan puppets keep kids out of the juvenile justice system? Surprisingly, the answer is "yes."
Because “early onset aggression in children as young as age 3 is the single most-important predictor of later delinquency, substance abuse and violence," Professor Carolyn Webster-Stratton at the University of Washington developed the curriculum, "The Incredible Years," part of which involves using puppets to communicate with young, at-risk children.

Better Treatment Outcomes for Teens - Training, Monitoring, and Supervision are the Key

Randy Muck headshotRecently, I visited a community where approximately 30-40 adolescents and their caregivers had shown up just to tell me what they thought of an adolescent substance abuse treatment program funded by the agency I represent, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). They’d been invited, true, but I was still nervous, since folks tend to show up for town hall meetings and the like only when they have something to complain about.

Another Compendium of Evidence-Based Alcohol and Drug Treatment Practices

view of library shelvesFor those of you who liked our post listing resources for identifying evidence-based adolescent treatment models, here's another valuable resource.
It's a compendium of evidence-based treatment practices, compiled by the Southern Coast Addiction Technology Transfer Center (SCATTC) last February. (This guide contains both adult and juvenile practices - adolescent-related material begins on p. 42.)

Handy Reference List for Evidence-Based Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Models

  • Curious about what works in teen drug treatment, or are you looking for a database of evidence-based adolescent substance abuse treatment programs?
  • Want to learn more about the research behind a particular treatment model?
  • Need a refresher on what's out there, or need a citation for a grant proposal?

Here's a handy list of five public registries of evidence-based treatment programs, including those targeting adolescent substance abuse:

  1. State of Oregon Addictions and Mental Health Division's List of Approved Practices
  2. SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs & Practices
  3. Community Guide from Helping America's Youth 
  4. University of Washington’s EBP Database
  5. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Model Programs Guide 

I found this list in an excellent guide on adolescent treatment put together by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the State of North Carolina, with funding from SAMHSA and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). On page six of the guide, you'll find two more online resources on evidence-based practices: your bonus for checking it out! 
Go here for help implementing your evidence-based practice; and if you know of other registries that track evidence-based adolescent substance abuse treatment models, please leave a comment!