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SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER THERAPY

Improving the treatment of substance use disorder requires thinking about both the supply and demand for services.

Fewer than one in 10 adolescents with substance use disorders will actually receive specialty treatment, and even fewer will receive treatment designated as evidence-based practice (EBP). Traditional efforts to increase the utilization of EBP by adolescents with substance use disorders typically focus on practitioners—either in substance use clinics or allied health settings. Such efforts focus on increasing the supply of EBP in the community. However, it is of vital importance to our nation’s public health system that the behavioral health system also considers the needs of adolescents and their families.  It is critical that consumers and their families are informed that EBPs exist in order to increase demand for such services (Becker, 2015).

Dr. Sara Becker Interview

Dr. Sara Becker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health and in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School.  Her clinical research focuses on improving the quality and utilization of effective interventions for adolescents with substance use disorders which is the topic we will discuss today. Dr. Becker serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) of the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center, a training and technical assistance center funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and PI of two large implementation trials funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.  Dr. Becker’s work was recently recognized by the 2020 G. Alan Marlatt Mid-Career Award from the Addictive Behaviors Group of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. 

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