In this workshop, psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, medical personnel, and ministry leaders will examine the ever-changing patterns of substance use and addiction, with a focus on the unique challenges faced by adolescents and young adults. Exploration will extend to the intersection between substance abuse and co-occurring mental illness, underlining their reciprocal relationship. In an effort to enhance a comprehensive bio-psycho-socio-spiritual understanding, risk and protective factors regarding substance use and addiction in adolescents and young adults will be discussed. Special emphasis will be given to developmental neurobiology, as it plays a crucial role in shaping behaviors and decision-making processes. Furthermore, participants will elucidate the process of substance use disorder development and diagnosis. This aspect is pivotal in understanding the complex recovery journey individuals undertake when facing substance-related and addictive issues. With a focus on early detection and intervention, the presenters will aim to describe more effective treatment strategies for this population. The presentation will draw upon the most current evidence-based best practices to provide participants with recommendations for treatment engagement, adherence, and recovery. These recommendations will be rooted in the latest research findings, ensuring that care delivered to patients is both effective and compassionate. The goal of this presentation is to provide a comprehensive overview of the complex issues surrounding adolescent substance use, addiction, and mental health, with a specific focus on renewing the hope of participants through providing valuable insights, fostering meaningful discussions, and ultimately contributing to the betterment of healthcare for this vulnerable population.
1. Discuss current trends in substance use, addiction, and mental illness with a focus on adolescence and young adulthood.
2. Describe the process of substance use disorder development and diagnosis.
3. Review the risk and protective factors regarding adolescent and young adult substance use and addiction risk with special emphasis on developmental neurobiology.
4. Explain the biopsychosocial dimensions of substance use and abuse across the lifespan, including the importance of a spiritual dimension for willing faith-based clients.
5. Outline best practice recommendations for engagement, adherence, and recovery from care or treatment.