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Substance Abuse

As can be seen in the table, Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), family based ecological treatment, combined Motivational Enhancement Treatment (MET) and CBT, and combined MET and CBT and family-based behavioral treatment currently have the most research evidence for the treatment of children and adolescents with substance use disorders.

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Adolescent Substance Abuse

Works Well
What does this mean?
  • Group CBT
  • Individual CBT
  • Family Based Treatment - Ecological
  • Combined Motivational Enhancement Treatment (MET)/CBT
  • Combined MET/CBT/Family-Based treatment - Behavioral
Works
What does this mean?
  • Family-Based treatment-Behavioral
  • Motivational Interviewing/MET
  • Combined Family-based Treatment-Ecological and Contingency Management
  • Combined MET/CBT/Family-Based treatment-Behavioral/Contingency Management
Might Work
What does this mean?
  • Drug Counseling/12-Step
Unknown/Untested
What does this mean?
None
Not Effective
What does this mean?
None

Source: Aaron Hogue , Craig E. Henderson , Timothy J. Ozechowski & Michael S. Robbins (2014): Evidence Base on Outpatient Behavioral Treatments for Adolescent Substance Use: Updates and Recommendations 2007–2013, Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/15374416.2014.915550

 
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