Drug Abuse in Adolescence

Neurobiological, Cognitive, and Psychological Issues

  • Denise De Micheli
  • André Luiz Monezi Andrade
  • Eroy Aparecida da Silva
  • Maria Lucia Oliveira de Souza Formigoni

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Adolescence: Psychobiological Transformations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Maria Sylvia de Souza Vitalle
      Pages 3-11
    3. Adriana Sampaio, Ana Raquel Mesquita, Óscar Filipe Gonçalves
      Pages 13-21
    4. André Luiz Monezi Andrade, Denise De Micheli, Eroy Aparecida da Silva, Maria Lucia Oliveira de Souza-Formigoni, Francine de Oliveira Goeldner
      Pages 23-33
  3. Adolescence, Drugs, and the Central Nervous System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Cassandra D. Gipson, Peter W. Kalivas
      Pages 37-56
    3. Roseli Boerngen-Lacerda
      Pages 57-68
    4. Michael Takagi, George Youssef, Valentina Lorenzetti
      Pages 69-99
    5. Rista C. Plate, Jessica M. Richards, Monique Ernst
      Pages 113-136
    6. Gabriel Natan Pires, Monica Levy Andersen, Sergio Tufik
      Pages 137-155
    7. Rafaela Larsen Ribeiro, Shirley Yamaguchi, Silvana Pochetto Cracasso, Fernanda Peralta, Elton Rezende
      Pages 157-172
    8. Luís Pereira Justo, Helena Maria Calil
      Pages 173-187
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 197-200

About this book


 Focusing on two central themes--the psychobiological evolution from youth to adult and the effects of drugs on the developing central nervous system--this important reference elucidates the mechanisms of chemical dependency in adolescents. Its multidisciplinary coverage analyzes addiction across major domains of human functioning against the backdrop of hormonal, cognitive, and other changes that accompany the transition to adulthood. Chapters discuss legal as well as illicit drugs, examine age-related social contexts, and present the latest findings on links between drug use and mental disorders.

Throughout, the contributors make clear that education is more valuable to understanding--and preventing--substance abuse than are prohibition and zero-tolerance thinking.


Included among the topics:


  • Cognitive development, learning, and drug use.
  • Neurobiology of the action of drugs of abuse.
  • Findings in adolescents with substance dependence based on neuroimaging tests.
  • Alcohol abuse in adolescents: relevance of animal models.
  • Effects of chronic drug abuse on the chronobiology of sleep in adolescents.
  • Neurological and cognitive disorders arising from the chronic use of drugs of abuse.


The multiple lenses for understanding its subject and the sensitivity with which causal nuances are treated make Neuroscience of Drug Abuse in Adolescence an invaluable resource for clinical and child psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and addiction counselors.


adolescent drug use and behavior adolescent drug use and cognitive development adolescent drug use and mental health drug abuse and adolescent brain drug misuse in adolescents neurobiology of adolescent drug misuse

Editors and affiliations

  • Denise De Micheli
    • 1
  • André Luiz Monezi Andrade
    • 2
  • Eroy Aparecida da Silva
    • 3
  • Maria Lucia Oliveira de Souza Formigoni
    • 4
  1. 1.Universidade Federal de Sao PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Universidade Anhembi MorumbiSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Universidade Federal de Sao PauloSão PauloBrazil
  4. 4.Universidade Federal de Sao PauloSão PauloBrazil

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