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: 1.25 CE


The goal of this module is to equip Texas Health Steps providers and others with tools to integrate substance use screening and intervention into primary care practice, to employ current evidence-based models in managing adolescent patients who may be using substances or are in recovery from substance use disorders, 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 physical and behavioral red flags for substance use and use disorders in adolescents.
  2. Appraise common risk factors and co-morbid conditions.
  3. Integrate screening for adolescent substance use disorders into routine checkups.
  4. Apply evidence-based models for preventing, treating and managing substance use disorders in primary care.

Please note this module expires on 7/9/2024.

This module was released on 7/9/2021.

Accreditation Statement


Browser Requirements

  • Addiction Education Society. Information and educational resources about addiction, including blogs, parent support resources and lesson plans for educators.
  • 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.
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Educational materials for youths, parents and caregivers about the links between stress and substance use.
  • Partnership to End Addiction, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing teen substance use and helping families impacted by addiction.
  • 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 definitions in this module were obtained or adapted from Frontiers in Pediatrics, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and U.S. National Library of Medicine.