AddictionTechnology Transfer Center(ATTC)

The ATTC Network undertakes a broad range of initiatives whose mission is to upgrade the skills of existing practitioners and other health professionals and to disseminate the latest science to the treatment community.


Adolescent Brain Development: Vulnerabilities and Opportunities

These are the proceedings from the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) interdisciplinary conference on adolescent brain development held September 18-20, 2003, in New York City.  Hosted in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Tobacco Etiology Research Network, with support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it brought together basic and clinical investigators performing research relevant to neurobehavioral changes during adolescent development.


Behavioral Therapies Development Program (BTDP) - Effective Drug Abuse Treatment Approaches

The Behavioral Therapies Development Program (BTDP) was established by NIDA's Treatment Research Branch to develop new and enhance the efficacy of existing behavioral treatments for drug abuse and dependence.

At the following link, one can read about Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT), cited as one of NIDA’s Effective Drug Abuse Treatment Approaches in the Behavioral Therapies Development Program.


Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)

BJS collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. The latest statistics about drugs and crime are available.


Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)

The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) provides national leadership in the Federal effort to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and other drug problems.  CSAP works with States and communities to develop comprehensive prevention systems that create healthy communities in which people enjoy a quality life. This includes supportive work and school environments, drug- and crime-free neighborhoods, and positive connections with friends and family.


Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)

CSAT promotes the quality and availability of community-based substance abuse treatment services for individuals and families who need them. 


SAMHSA/CSAT developed Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPs), which are best practice guidelines for the treatment of substance abuse.  CSAT's Office of Evaluation, Scientific Analysis, and Synthesis draws on the experience and knowledge of clinical, research, and administrative experts to produce the TIPs, which are distributed to a growing number of facilities and individuals across the country. A major goal of each TIP is to convey "front-line" information quickly but responsibly.


TIP 32: Treatment of Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders


TIP 39: Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy

If you would like to request a print copy of a TIP publication, go to this SAMHSA webpage:


Commonly Abused Drugs

This webpage provides a list of commonly abused drugs with a brief description, the street name, statistics and trends as well as “NIDA’s Featured Publications.” It also includes related abuse articles and charts.


Communities That Care (2004) “Prevention Strategies Guide”

This guide lists fifty-six tested and effective prevention programs and policies shown to increase protective factors, reduce risk factors and reduce adolescent problem behaviors in well controlled studies. These are the preventive interventions recommended in the Communities That Care system.


Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS)

Led by The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), CJ-DATS is a network of research centers, in partnership with criminal justice professionals, drug abuse treatment providers, and Federal agencies responsible for developing integrated treatment approaches for criminal justice offenders and testing them at multiple sites throughout the Nation.


Criminal Neglect: Substance Abuse, Juvenile Justice and The Children Left Behind

This is the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of substance abuse and the state juvenile justice systems. This report calls for a top to bottom overhaul in the way the nation treats juvenile offenders, including creation of a model juvenile justice code, training of all juvenile justice system staff, diversion of juveniles from deeper involvement in juvenile justice systems, and treatment, health care, education, job training and spiritually based programs and services.


The Dangers of Detention: The Impact of Incarcerating Youth in Detention and Other Secure Facilities

This Justice Policy Institute Report by Barry Holman and Jason Ziedenberg looks at the consequences of detention on young people, their families, and communities. It shows that, given the new findings that detaining youth may not make communities safer, the costs of needlessly detaining young people who do not need to be there are simply too high. Policymakers, instead, should look to detention reform as a means to reduce the number of young people needlessly detained, and reinvest the savings in juvenile interventions proven to reduce recidivism and crime, and that can help build healthy and safe communities.


Drug Strategies

Drug Strategies promotes more effective approaches to the nation's drug problems and supports private and public efforts to reduce the demand for drugs through prevention, education, treatment, law enforcement and community initiatives.

For more information about adolescent treatment in general and the juvenile justice system, order Drug Strategies’ publications:

- Drug Strategies (2003) Treating Teens: A Guide to Adolescent Drug Programs

- Drug Strategies (2005) Bridging the Gap: A Guide to Drug Treatment in the Juvenile Justice System.


For Drug Strategies’ In-Depth look at Multidimensional Therapy (MDFT)  

also see Press Release pertaining to Drug Strategies Report “Treating Teens: A Guide to Adolescent Drug Programs”:


Drug Watch

Features up to date information on drug side effects, prescription and over-the-counter medications.

A Family Affair

Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) is featured in this issue of AdvoCasey, a publication of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Author Dick Mendel profiles two Miami clinics that are proving that intensive, family-focused counseling is a winning strategy for treating adolescent substance abuse.  Why are so few treatment providers following their lead?


Family-Based Treatment Programs Can Reduce Adolescent Drug Abuse

NIDA “Notes” (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Volume 17, Number 4 (November 2002), features the work of NIDA-supported researcher, Dr. Howard Liddle (Multidimensional Family Therapy [MDFT]), who is developing and evaluating a variety of treatments designed to address the range of influences that play a role in adolescent drug abuse.


Family Matters: Substance Abuse and The American Family

A press release by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University on this report about parents who use illegal drugs, abuse alcohol and use tobacco and the effect on their children.


HBO Series on Addiction

HBO, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse

and Alcoholism, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, produced a documentary on the current state of addiction in the US and the latest research on treatment and recovery with leading experts in alcohol and other drug addiction.  One can access adolescent-specific addiction treatment information within this site at the following link:


Improved Care for Teens in Trouble with Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime

This Reclaiming Futures report advocates for changes in the way teens in the justice system receive treatment for drug and alcohol problems.  It is a step-by-step guide for other treatment professionals seeking to help this unique population of young people. It can be used along with a treatment improvement notebook, Improving Adolescent Treatment: A Self-Study Workbook for Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Providers (2006), which is available at


Instituteof Medicineof the National Academies (IOM)

The Institute of Medicine serves as adviser to the nation to improve health. Established in 1970 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine provides independent, objective, evidence-based advice to policymakers, health professionals, the private sector, and the public.


Join Together

Join Together promotes the need to advance alcohol and drug policies, prevention and treatment through community coalitions.


Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free

A unique coalition of Governors’ spouses, Federal agencies, and public and private organizations, this is an initiative to prevent the use of alcohol by children ages 9 to 15. It is the only national effort that focuses on alcohol use in this age group. The initiative was founded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and has been joined by additional Federal sponsors.


MacArthur Juvenile Court Training Curriculum

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation funded the development of Understanding Adolescents: A Juvenile Court Training Curriculum, training materials for juvenile justice professionals, as a joint project of the Youth Law Center, Juvenile Law Center, and the American Bar Association Juvenile Justice Center.  This training curriculum applies the findings of adolescent development and relates research to practice issues confronted by juvenile court practitioners at the various decision-making stages of the juvenile justice process.


Models for Change: Reforming the Juvenile Justice Systems

The Models for Change initiative is an effort to create successful and replicable models of juvenile

justice system reform through targeted investments in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Louisiana, and Washington. Models for Change seeks to reform an array of target issues—aftercare, racial fairness, mental health, community-based alternatives, right-sizing jurisdiction, and evidence-based practices.


Monitoring the Future (MTF)

Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, a total of approximately 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed (12th graders since 1975, and 8th and 10th graders since 1991).


Moving Toward Equal Ground: Engaging the Capacity of Youth, Families, and Community to Improve Treatment Services and Outcomes in the Juvenile Justice System

This report describes the crucial role that families and community members can play in improving

the way we help teens in the juvenile justice system who are struggling with drug and alcohol use.


Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) certified as a SAMHSA Model Program, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services / Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (2005)

Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) is a comprehensive and flexible family-based program for substance-abusing adolescents or those at high risk for substance use and other problem behaviors. 


Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) Manual from the Cannabis Youth Treatment (CYT) Multisite Study

The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) publishes the MDFT Manual utilized in the CYT Multisite Study.  The purpose of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment’s (CSAT’s) Cannabis Youth Treatment (CYT) Project Cooperative Agreement was to test the relative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a variety of interventions designed to eliminate marijuana use and associated problems in adolescents and to provide validated models of these interventions to the treatment field.


NationalCenterfor Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ)

The Center promotes awareness of the mental health needs of youth in contact with the juvenile justice

system and assists the field in developing improved policies and practices to respond to these needs based on the best available research and practice.


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

NIAAA provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems.


National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA’s mission is to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.


NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse

An interactive website geared specifically for adolescents that contains age-appropriate facts on drugs, real stories about teens and drug abuse, games, take-home activities, and a Q&A forum with Dr. NIDA.


NIDA’s Special Initiatives for Students, Teachers, and Parents (NIDA Goes Back to School)

These resources target grade school, middle school, and high school students and teachers.


National Public Radio (NPR) (2003)

Story on Adolescent Substance Abuse profiles Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT): “Treating Substance Abuse in Teens: Series Examines the Challenges of Getting Effective Help.”


Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) provides national leadership,

coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization.  OJJDP supports states and communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and to improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of juveniles and their families.


Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

ONDCP establishes policies, priorities, and objectives for the nation’s drug control program. Their website contains information on drugs, drug policy, prevention, and treatment.


Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP): Pushing Back

On February 25, 2005, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) became the first Cabinet-level agency with its own Weblog. This online journal is intended to educate Americans about illegal drugs and help them stay up-to-date on the latest international, Federal, state, and local efforts to reduce drug use. ONDCP frequently updates this journal with commentary, news, and links showcasing how pushing back against illegal drug use makes a difference.


A Parent's Guide to the Teen Brain

Published by The Partnership for a Drug Free America, "A Parent's Guide to the Teen Brain," is a digital, science-based resource for parents that explains adolescent brain processes and offers tips for cmmunicating with teens and helping them make good decisions. 


Parents: The Antidrug

A parenting site launched by the White House of National Drug Control Policy, “Parents. The Anti-Drug,” is sponsored by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, a multi-dimensional effort to educate and empower youth to reject illicit drugs.


Partnership for a Drug-Free America (PDFA)

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America is a nonprofit organization that unites parents, renowned scientists and communications professionals to help families raise healthy children. Best known for its research-based national public education programs, the Partnership motivates and equips parents to prevent their children from using drugs and alcohol, and to find help and treatment for family and friends in trouble.  This online resource center at, features interactive tools that translate the latest science and research on teen behavior, addiction and treatment into easy to understand tips and tools for parents

Partnership for a Drug Free America Treatment e-Book

Featured Content --

  • What is substance abuse treatment?
  • How do I find the right treatment for my child?
  • How do I pay for treatment?
  • How do I get my child to start treatment?
  • What can I do to cope better?

Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy (PLNDP)

Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy (PLND P) is a non-partisan group of the nation’s leading physicians and attorneys, whose goal is to promote and support public policy and treatment options that are scientifically-based, evidence-driven, and cost-effective. PLNDP has developed several resources including:


Adolescent Substance Abuse: A Public Health Priority” (PLNDP’s position paper)

While the PLNDP’s earlier activities focused on illicit drugs, this report on adolescents encompasses alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. It is structured as a public health strategy planning report similar to Healthy People 2000 and Healthy People 2010 and is an outgrowth of the November 2001 PLNDP-sponsored meeting: “Adolescents and Substance Abuse: Risks, Treatment and the Juvenile Justice System.” This report is organized into initiatives, within which PLNDP has identified policy recommendations and priorities for further research.


Adolescent Substance Abuse and Mental Health Public Health Priority

A PLNDP publication, this is a resource guide (presented in English and Spanish), for professionals in health care, education, community organizations, treatment, and the juvenile justice system.


Potentially Abused Prescription Drugs

“NIDA InfoFacts: Prescription Pain and Over-the-Counter Medications” is an article on addiction based on medication abuse and provides a list of commonly abused medications, interactions, long-term effects and the chemical effect on the brain.  The article also covers trends in monitoring, warnings and an OxyContin survey.


Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents: A Research-Based Guide

NIDA’s research-based guide for preventing drug abuse among adolescents provides 16 principles derived from effective drug abuse prevention research, and includes answers to questions on risk and protective factors, as well as community planning and implementation, to help prevention practitioners use research results to address drug abuse among adolescents in communities across the country.


Prevention Education in America’s Schools: Findings and Recommendations from a Survey of Educators

This report presents the findings of a 2006 survey of more than 3,500 kindergarten through twelfth-grade teachers, school administrators, and other educators in the US and also provides recommendations based on the survey findings on how to help delay, reduce, and prevent drug and alcohol use among children and adolescents.


Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations: A Research-Based Guide

NIDA’s research-based guide for treating drug abusers involved with the criminal justice system.  It provides 13 essential treatment principles, and includes answers to frequently asked questions and resource information.


Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide

The NIDA Blue Book, this guide summarizes the 13 principles of effective treatment, answers common questions, and describes types of treatment, providing examples of scientifically-based and tested treatment components.


Reclaiming Futures

Reclaiming Futures is an effective and innovative approach to helping young people in trouble with drugs, alcohol, and crime. The mission of Reclaiming Futures is to promote new opportunities and standards of care in juvenile justice. Ten sites throughout the US are reinventing the way police, courts, detention facilities, treatment providers, and the community work together to help these youth by providing more treatment, better treatment, and support beyond treatment.


Reducing the Harms of Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility

This report, released from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), asserts that reducing underage drinking requires a cooperative effort from all levels of government, alcohol manufacturers and retailers, the entertainment industry, parents, and other adults in the community.  The report proposes a comprehensive strategy to curb underage drinking, a problem that costs the nation an estimated $53 billion annually, due in part to losses stemming from traffic fatalities and violent crime.


Screening and Assessing Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Among Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: A Resource Guide for Practitioners.

This Resource Guide offers a comprehensive, user-friendly synthesis of current information on instruments that can be used to screen and assess youth for mental health- and substance use-related disorders at various stages of the juvenile justice process. The Guide includes profiles of more than 50 instruments, guidelines for selecting instruments, and best practice recommendations for diverse settings and situations.


7 Rules for Parents,9171,994127,00.html

Drawing on the latest scientific studies of adolescents, Laurence Steinberg, a professor of psychology at Temple University, offers this advice for the parents of teens.


Strengthening America’s Families: Effective Family Programs for Prevention of Delinquency

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) provide the results of the 1999 search for "best practice" family strengthening programs.  The following link directs one to Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) where a two page summary profiles the outstanding family-focused program which has been proven to be effective in the prevention of juvenile delinquency and substance abuse:


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established a clear vision for its work -- a life in the community for everyone. To realize this vision, the Agency has sharply focused its mission on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders. SAMHSA is gearing all of its resources -- programs, policies and grants -- toward that outcome.


SAMHSA’s Latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health

SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use & Health is the primary source of information on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use and abuse in the general U.S. civilian non-institutionalized population, age 12 and older.


SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

NREPP is a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. SAMHSA has developed this resource to help people, agencies, and organizations implement programs and practices in their communities.


Time to get Help

Features helpful tools for parents and caregivedfrs of teenagers with an alcohol or drug problem.

What Makes Teens Tick,9171,994126,00.html

An on-line Time Magazine article by Claudia Wallis discussing the latest scientific findings on the neurobiology of adolescent behavior.


Youth with Mental Health Disorders: Issues and Emerging Responses

A paper by Joseph J. Cocozza and Kathleen R. Skowyra that provides information on the prevalence of mental health disorders among youth and emerging strategies and models to address mental health disorders.