CE Credit

Adolescent Substance Use

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

Credit hours: 1.00 CE


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 interested health-care professionals.

Specific Learning Objectives

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

  1. Summarize behavioral, physical, and emotional red flags for substance use, misuse, and use disorders in adolescents, as well as common risk factors and co-morbid conditions. 
  2. Integrate screening for adolescent substance use disorders into routine clinical care. 
  3. Apply evidence-based models for preventing, treating, and managing substance use disorders in primary care. ​​​​

Please note this module expires on 7/10/2021.

This module was released on 7/10/2018.

Accreditation Statement


Browser Requirements

  • Addictions and Recovery.org, public education website maintained by Steven Melemis, MD, PhD, of Toronto, Canada, who specializes in addictions and mood disorders. The website provides information for individuals, families, and health professionals, including Help for the Family web page.
  • Addiction Education Society. Information and educational resources about addiction, including blogs, parent support resources, and lesson plans for educators.
  • National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia). Teen Substance Use web page.
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Educational materials for youths, parents, and caregivers about the links between stress and substance use.
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The Cool Spot, a website with information and resources about alcohol and resisting peer pressure.
  • Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing teen substance abuse and helping families impacted by addiction.
  • Texas Department of State Health Services. Prevention Resources for Teens web page, which lists relevant websites and fact sheets. 
  • Texas Department of State Health Services. YesQuit website. A wealth of resources for smokers who want to quit, including the toll-free Texas Quitline at: 877-937-7848 (877-Yes-Quit) for confidential counseling and support.
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration, online guide for families about how best to dispose of old medications: Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know.

The medical definition in this module was obtained from Psychology Today.