Adolescent Substance Use

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Welcome to the training on Adolescent Substance Use provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).


The goal of this module is to equip Texas Health Steps providers and others with the tools to integrate substance use screening and intervention into practice, employ current evidence-based models to manage adolescent patients who use substances or are in recovery, and to refer patients when necessary.

Target Audience

Texas Health Steps providers and other health-care professionals.

Specific Learning Objectives

After completing the activities of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between the updated diagnosis of substance use disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) and the previous definition found in the DSM-IV.
  2. Detect behavioral, physical, and emotional red flags for adolescent substance use disorders.
  3. Interpret factors that can increase the risk for substance use disorders and addiction.
  4. Summarize evidence-based theoretical models for managing and treating substance use disorders.
  5. Employ motivational interviewing techniques to discuss substance use with adolescents.
  6. Assess an adolescent on the spectrum of substance use disorders.
  7. Integrate an adolescent and his or her family in treatment.

Please note this module expires on 8/28/2018.

All data presented in the module reflect the most recent year for available data.

This module includes a pre-test, post-test, and course evaluation. You must take the pre-test before beginning the course. After completing the course, you must take a post-test and score at least 75 percent to pass. After passing the post-test and completing the course evaluation, you will be able to print a certificate of completion.

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