271929 Working with Adolescent Addiction: A substance abuse provider and a parent discuss their experience in an adolescent intensive outpatient program

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 2:36 PM - 2:42 PM

Jennifer Segura, MD , Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Adolescent substance abuse is a growing problem in the U.S. associated with risky behaviors and lethal outcomes. Substance abuse is often co-morbid with other psychiatric disorders. Effective evidence-based treatments exist, however many families have little access to them. For those patients who are dually diagnosed, treatments are even less available. Duke University's Center for Adolescent Substance Use Treatment has been treating adolescents and their families with compassionate, evidence-based care for over 25 years. They offer an abstinence-based intensive outpatient program where young people are able to re-establish their life direction without being placed in a hospital or residential treatment program. This requires an extraordinary amount of work by treatment staff and families. In the first video, Gary Sauls, a licensed clinical addiction specialist with the program, talks about his approach to treating adolescents with substance abuse and their families, the levels of care system, the dangers of substance use to normal brain development, and the keys to successful treatment. The second video is of the parent of an adolescent patient talking about what it was like to bring her child to the substance abuse treatment program and how her counselor, Gary Sauls, intervened in a crisis.

Learning Areas:
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Public health or related education
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1. List the four keys to successful adolescent substance abuse treatment. 2. Describe the importance of treating adolescent substance use to preserve normal brain development. 3. Define the levels of care system in relation to adolescent substance use treatment. 4. Discuss emotions associated with parenting a child with substance abuse. 5. Explain the role of the counselors during family crisis.

Keywords: Adolescent Health, Substance Abuse Treatment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow in my fifth year of training at Duke University Medical Center with a strong interest in both adult and adolescent substance abuse treatment. I have worked closely with the Duke Center for Substance Use Treatment's intensive outpatient program during my training. This documentary was produced through the Documenting Medicine Innovate fellowship with the Duke Center for Documentary Studies.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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