Help for Teen Drug Abusers - And Their Parents

Developing a guide to treatment programs for adolescent substance abusers

In January 2003, the nonprofit research institute Drug Strategies published a national guide to drug treatment programs for teens. The institute also established a companion Web site to the guide.

Key Results

  • The guide, entitled Treating Teens: A Guide to Adolescent Drug Programs, provides parents and caregivers with concrete ways to assess treatment programs. It also includes:
    • A detailed description of the nine key elements that contribute to treatment effectiveness.
    • Summary profiles of 144 adolescent treatment programs with elements of effective treatment, and an in-depth look at seven promising programs.
    • Hotline numbers and Web site addresses for teen substance abuse treatment centers in each state.
    • Definitions of frequently used treatment terms.
  • The companion Web site includes:
    • A searchable database with detailed profiles of the treatment programs summarized in the guide.
    • Research articles on adolescent substance abuse.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided a two-year grant of $451,090 in 2001 to fund development of the guide and Web site.