Tools for Treating Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence Among Latino Adolescents



The Pew Hispanic Center (Hispanics account for more than half of nation’s growth in past decade. States News Service, 25 Mar 2011. Biography in Context, link.galegroup.compps/doc/A252427330/BIC1?u=cobimet&xid=600d640d. Accessed 25 Jan 2017, 2011) reported that Latinos have become the largest minority group in the United States (US). The median age of these Latinos was 19 years of age, indicating that almost half of the total Latinos in the United States are children and adolescents. Unfortunately, mental health disparities among this group exist including with regard to substance use and abuse. The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Report and the CDC’s reports (Morb Mortal Rep 62(2):1–17, 2013; Surveill Summ 63(4): 1–167, 2014) found that Latino youths are reported using more drugs than White and Black adolescents. Thus given the large number of Latino youth in the United States and the high prevalence of substance use among this group, there is an urgent need to develop effective treatments for Latinos and in particular Latino adolescents (Passel and D’Vera, U.S. population projections: 2005–2050. Retrieved from, 2008). In this chapter, evidence-based procedures for the treatment of Latino adolescents with substance-related disorders are discussed, and a set of treatment tools (in Spanish and English) are included.


Substance use Substance abuse Substance dependence Latinos Intervention Cultural factors Spanish 

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  1. 1.Universidad AlbizuSan JuanUSA

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