Release date: February 2009
Last updated: June 2013
Estimated completion time*: 4 hrs

Young people who use drugs and alcohol is a common clinical problem. It is important for clinicians providing health care to adolescents to understand their behaviour and needs from a developmental perspective. This resource will assist Addiction Medicine practitioners in increasing their knowledge and skills to effectively manage young people and their families through specific approaches.

*The estimated completion time is an approximate guide and does not account for time spent on optional additional readings and activities.


Tags: Category 1 Educational Activities

Format: Each module consists of online reading materials, statistics and case studies. There are multiple-choice, true/false and short answer questions throughout the module to assist with your learning.


1. Epidemiology (20 mins)
2. Impact of Developmental Stages (20 mins)
3. Assessment Frameworks (30 mins)
4. Risk and Protective Factors (30 mins)
5. Formulating Management Plans (1 hour)
6. Risk Assessment (30 mins)
7. Mental Health Issues associated with Adolescent Substance Abuse (30 mins)
8. Parent and family interventions for adolescent substance misuse (30 mins)
9. The BEST Plus approach to assisting families recover from youth substance problems (1 hour)

Author: Members from the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine Online Modules Advisory Group:
• Dr Mark Hardy, FAChAM (Chair)
• A/Prof Yvonne Bonomo, FRACP, FAChAM
• Dr Bronwyn Milne, FRACP
• Dr Gilbert Whitton, FAChAM
• Dr Peter Krabman
• Dr Deborah Zador, FAFPHM, FAChAM
Version: 2
Release Date: February, 2009 Revised Date: June, 2013