Youth AOD Treatment Resources

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Considered a crisis situation in the United States, excessive drinking and binge drinking are problems that require serious attention. The detrimental effect it has on public safety is more than worthy of all the effort necessary to not only reduce it but eradicate it. More significant are the innocent lives that are impacted. This devastating impact ranges from financial cost, physical injuries and rehabilitation, and many times, fatalities.

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CARE: California Access to Recovery Effort

On September 29, 2010, the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) was awarded funds from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for a third Access to Recovery (ATR) grant.

ATR is an initiative to allow people in need of substance abuse services to make individual choices in their path to recovery that reflect their personal needs and values. The California Access to Recovery Effort (CARE) program is California’s implementation of the federal ATR grant.

This new award (CARE 3) will provide approximately $2.6 million per year for four years for substance abuse services for youth and young service members/veterans in five target counties (Butte, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Shasta, and Tehama). The program will help address the unmet needs, service gaps, barriers, and disparities that youth and young service members and veterans face in accessing adequate, quality substance abuse services.

SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is pleased to provide this on-line resource for locating drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs. The Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator lists:

  • Private and public facilities that are licensed, certified, or otherwise approved for inclusion by their State substance abuse agency
  • Treatment facilities administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Indian Health Service, and the Department of Defense.

Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Offers guidance in seeking drug abuse treatment and lists five questions to ask when searching for a treatment program:

1. Does the program use treatments backed by scientific evidence?

2. Does the program tailor treatment to the needs of each patient?

3. Does the program adapt treatment as the patient’s needs change?

4. Is the duration of treatment sufficient?

5. How do 12-step or similar recovery programs fit into drug addiction treatment?

“What is Substance Abuse Treatment? A Booklet for Families.”

A free digital booklet for distributing to those struggling with abuse, or their families. Contains resources and basic information outlining treatment options.

“The Next Step Toward a Better Life”

A free brochure that can be ordered or downloaded, describing the stages of recovery from alcohol and drug abuse and what to expect after leaving detoxification services. Offers guidance in adjusting to sobriety just after detox and through long-term recovery; discusses legal issues; and lists resources.

Understanding Substance Abuse and Facilitating Recovery: A Guide for Child Welfare Workers

A free brochure that can be ordered or downloaded, helping child welfare workers understand substance abuse and when it is a factor in child abuse and neglect. Discusses how to support substance abuse treatment and recovery, partner with substance abuse treatment programs, and motivate parents into treatment.

A Framework for Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Practice: Youth Alcohol and Drug Good Practice Guide.

This Guide outlines a framework for working with young people whose AOD use creates significant vulnerability to current or future harm. A clear message from practitioners and research is that in order to respond to a young person’s vulnerability, a broad rather than narrow approach is needed. A broad approach sees various factors and pathways into and out of problematic AOD use by young people.

How can practitioners best respond to young people whose AOD use renders them vulnerable to harm? What considerations, questions and good practices can assist practitioners who find themselves undertaking youth AOD related practice? This Guide is intended as a brief summary, a prompt, and a pathway to what is a complex and dynamic area of practice.

The target audience is practitioners who work with young people who have problematic AOD use and the managers of these practitioners. Areas of content include the elements of a framework for youth AOD practice, an appreciation of the developmental, social and institutional location of young people, key concepts and understandings regarding good youth centered context responsive practice, and key policy constructs and directions.

Adolescent Treatment Framework and Practice Guidelines

This Framework is designed to be useful for program managers, treatment providers, and policymakers, and for family members and recovery advocates interested in effective youth treatment services. As a “living document,” it will be subject to future revisions as more is learned about what constitutes effective teen treatment.

The Framework begins with an overview to the emerging evidence base for adolescent treatment. Then characteristics of adolescents are described from a developmental perspective. Next, ten elements of effective treatment programs are presented with elaboration of evidence-based, promising, and best practices with adolescents; practices that foster ineffective outcomes are identified to contrast effective practices. And finally, guidelines for implementing evidence based treatments and best practices are identified and discussed.

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