Worried about your teen and drugs?

Check out 2 new resources

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Parents who worry about their teens and drug use have more help at their fingertips now that the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has added several new resources to its online library.

Adolescent addiction is different from adult addiction, according to NIDA. Teens abuse different substances, for example, and experience different consequences than do adults.

“Because critical brain circuits are still developing during the teen years, this age group is particularly susceptible to drug abuse and addiction,” said NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow, MD. “These new resources are based on recent research that has greatly advanced our understanding of the unique treatment needs of the adolescent.”

Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment is a primer on teen drug abuse and various treatment options. It explains how drug use can progress to addiction, as well as the role family members can play in identifying teen substance use and in supporting treatment and recovery.

The full guide is available here.

Substance Use Disorders in Adolescents is mainly a resource for medical professionals, but it also may be helpful for parents and others who want more information on how to communicate with teens who are at risk for addiction or who want to find out what kinds of things influence teens to use—or avoid—drugs.

The tool was developed by the NIDA Centers of Excellence for Physician Information, in collaboration with Drexel University College of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, both in Philadelphia.

The multimedia module combines videos with written materials and can be found here.