Treatment for Youth and Young Adults With Mood Disorders and Other Serious Emotional Disturbances and Co-Occurring Substance Use

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) had published this guide that reviews interventions on treating substance misuse and substance use disorders (SUD) in youth with serious emotional disturbances (SED), distills the research into recommendations for practice, and provides examples of the ways that these recommendations can be implemented.

The SAMHSA, and specifically, its National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory (Policy Laboratory), is pleased to fulfill the charge of the 21st Century Cures Act to disseminate information on evidence-based practices and service delivery models to prevent substance misuse and help individuals with substance use disorders (SUD), serious mental illnesses (SMI), and serious emotional disturbances (SED) get the treatment and support they need.

Treatment and recovery for SUD, SMI, and SED can vary based on geographic, socio-economic, cultural, gender, race, ethnicity, and age-related factors. This can complicate evaluating the effectiveness of services, treatments, and supports. Despite these variations, however, there is substantial evidence to inform the types of resources that can help reduce substance use, lessen symptoms of mental illness, and improve quality of life.

The Evidence-Based Resource Guide Series is a comprehensive set of modules with resources to improve health outcomes for people at risk for, experiencing, or recovering from mental and/or substance use disorders. It is designed for clinicians, administrators, community leaders, and others considering an intervention for their organization, community, client, or loved one. A priority topic for SAMHSA is encouraging treatment practices that improve outcomes for youth and young adults with SED/SMI who also have or are at risk for co-occurring substance misuse or SUD. This guide reviews the literature and science, examines evidence-based practices, determines key components of those treatment practices, identifies challenges and strategies for implementation, and discusses evaluation of implemented evidence-based practices.

Population: Adolescents and Youth

Links:

  • Read the full guide Treatment for Youth and Young Adults With Mood Disorders and Other Serious Emotional Disturbances and Co-Occurring Substance Use from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
  • Learn more about the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
  • Check out the article Yup’ik Communities Turn to Indigenous Knowledge to Prevent Risk for Youth Suicide and Alcohol Abuse.
  • Check out the guide Substance Misuse Prevention for Young Adults from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
  • Check out the guide First-Episode Psychosis and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Date: 2021