Learn How to Curb Youth Substance Abuse
By David Doolittle

The health problems associated with substance abuse are well-documented, and we all know it’s best to keep teenagers from using alcohol and illegal drugs. But what are the best ways to jump that high hurdle?

CME story photoLearn how to integrate substance use screening and intervention into your practice, or to manage adolescent patients who use substances or are in recovery, with a new continuing medical education  module from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

The module, which is good for 1.5 credit hours, will help you treat substance abuse in teenagers, including how to:


  • Detect behavioral, physical, and emotional red flags;
  • Employ motivational interviewing techniques;
  • Assess an adolescent on the spectrum of substance use disorders; and
  • Integrate a teenager’s family in treatment.

More information on this course and others, including how to enroll, can be found on the DSHS website.

Last Updated On

January 05, 2018

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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