Many unhealthy behaviors often begin during adolescence and represent major public health challenges. Substance abuse has a major impact on individuals, families, and communities, as its effects are cumulative, contributing to costly social, physical, and mental health problems. We conducted an overview of systematic reviews to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to prevent substance abuse among adolescents.
Aim: The aim of the study was to explore the evidence base on alcohol screening and brief intervention for adolescents to determine age appropriate screening tools, effective brief interventions and appropriate locations to undertake these activities. Methods: A review of existing reviews — and a systematic review of recent research not included in earlier reviews. Motivational interventions delivered over one or more sessions and based in health care or educational settings are effective at reducing levels of consumption and alcohol-related harm.
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Teen Intervene program provides education, support and guidance for teens and their parents. Teen Intervene is designed as a comprehensive screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment SBIRT model of care. Teenagers who have experienced mild to moderate problems associated with alcohol or drug use work one-to-one with an addiction treatment counselor to identify and, ultimately, change their choices and behaviors.
Many people first try drugs in their teenage years. And while parents sometimes chalk up drug use to experimentation or minimize the significance of it, there is a well-documented association between teen substance use and problems such as risky sexual behaviors, motor vehicle accidents, mental health issues, suicidal thoughts, homicides, and high school dropout rates. Yet, parents are often unsure of how to respond when they find out their child is using drugs.
NCBI Bookshelf. I n the Institute of Medicine proposed a framework for prevention of mental health illnesses that included three broad classes of prevention strategies—universal measures, selective measures, and indicated preventive measures: that framework is instructive in considering the approaches outlined in this chapter. Although developed in the context of mental health, the framework is applicable to most public health problems not caused primarily by biological agents.
Teens who abuse alcohol or other drugs can be as secretive as undercover agents, leading double lives. Then the teens were polled. Kids often try to hide their alcohol and drug use from parents, and parents are often in denial about their children's activities.
Substance use by adolescents has an enormous impact on their health and well-being. It impairs healthy growth and development, is associated with risky behaviors such as unprotected sex and dangerous driving, and contributes to the development of many other health problems. Pediatric care providers play a critical, ongoing role in the lives of their adolescent patients and have a unique opportunity to educate them about the dangers of substance use and to influence their behaviors.
Facing teen alcoholism can be difficult for any family. Even when the teen who is abusing alcohol is ready and willing to accept help, the battle can be tough. If the family needs to stage an intervention in order to get the teen to accept help, it can be even more challenging.
Prevention of Alcohol What these former reviews do not offer is a comparison across the different types of approaches to alcohol prevention. Therefore, we review the theoretical bases of the different approaches to alcohol prevention, and we describe some programmes with the strongest evidence-base and review their efficacy to facilitate comparisons of the evidence across approaches.
Preventive interventions for adolescents are an important priority within school systems. Several interventions have been developed, but the effectiveness of such interventions varies considerably between studies. The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of universal school-based prevention programs on alcohol use among adolescents by using meta-analytic techniques.