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Youth and Substance Use

Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery

Lori Holleran Steiker

Publication Date - 01 July 2015

ISBN: 9780190615581

184 pages
6 x 8.9 inches

In Stock


This practice-based guide gives readers a comprehensive overview of the many issues related to adolescent substance use. The book illustrates the basic etiology and epidemiology of addiction, as well as the specific concerns surrounding prevention, assessment, intervention, and recovery when working with youths. The author makes a conscious effort to address topics central to the lives of youths and adolescents that are often overlooked in more general substance use books. This includes considerations of specific youth populations, and the influence of different youth environments from family and high school to college campuses. The book also provides a rare look at the long-term recovery process with information about community-based systems of care like alternative peer groups, and recovery mentorship programs.

Holleran Steiker focuses on the lived experiences of adolescents. Theoretical frameworks and recent research findings are presented, but always within the context of working directly with youths and their families. She ultimately brings together personal, professional, and research perspectives to produce an honest and empirically sound volume that will appeal to both students and practitioners.


  • Adopts the holistic bio-psycho-social-spiritual model of assessment and intervention planning
  • Key terms and discussion questions for each chapter allow readers to review and synthesize what they've learned
  • Experiential exercises encourages reader engagement Offers flexible structure to easily incorporate supplementary materials

About the Author(s)

Lori Holleran Steiker (MSW, University of Pennsylvania; PhD, Arizona State University) is associate professor in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. She has over a decade of experience working with youth and families of those with addictions, and is a co-founder of Austin's first recovery high school as well as the liaison to the University of Texas at Austin Center for Students in Recovery. She is the recipient of multiple honors including the 2015 Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Distinguished Recent Contributions in Social Work Education Award.


Youth and Substance Use: Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery is a thoughtful, approachable, and well researched text. It is incredibly practical and would serve as an excellent resource for any professional working with adolescents who misuse substances. --Best Practices in Mental Health

Table of Contents

    Section I Conceptualization of Adolescence, Substance Use, Addiction, and Theory
    1. Overview of Substance Misuse
    2. Substance Misuse Implications for Children and Adolescents
    3. Substance Misuse Models and Theories
    Section II Prevention and the Family
    4. Substance Misuse Prevention
    5. Family and Parental Interventions and Attitudes
    Section III Empirically Supported Screening and Assessment
    6. Youth and Adolescent Substance Misuse Screening, Assessment, and Diagnosis
    Section IV Evidence-Based Treatment Interventions
    7. Different Approaches to Evidence-Based Treatment
    8. Support Groups, Twelve-Step, and Other Paths to Recovery
    Section V Current Issues
    9. Young People in Recovery-A New Life
    10. Substance Abusing Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
    11. Current Issues, Policies, and Future Directions

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