Alcohol and Drug Use in Adolescence: Choices with Life changing Consequences



The course presents information regarding alcohol and drug use in adolescents to mental health clinicians in understanding effective strategies for preventing and treating substance use disorders with this population. Risk factors, symptoms of substance abuse, and interventions are addressed.


  • Describe risk factors and why adolescents use substances.
  • Recognize the symptoms of substance abuse in adolescents.
  • Identify the substance use preferences of adolescents
  • Discuss the specific health risks associated with adolescent use, specifically in the brain.
  • Explain how will intervene with their children when there is substance abuse.

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, & Licensed Professional Counselors

Content level: Beginner to intermediate

2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC & NBCC
State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
OCDP Board # 50-29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 1009
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self
  • Video Recording
    • Lecture.1
      Alcohol and Drug use in Adolescence: Choices with Life Changing Consequences Video
  • Course Evaluation
    • Lecture.1
      Alcohol and Drug Use for Adolescence: Choices with Life Changing Consequences
  • Quiz
    • Quiz.1
      Alcohol and Drug Use for Adolescence: Choices with Life Changing Consequences 15 questions

Cathy Norton, D. Min, MA, MEd, LCMHC-S, LCAS, CCS, MAC, NCC, SAP, SAE, has a wide variety of professional experience in an array of settings. A former educator, Cathy entered the counseling profession 20 years ago. Cathy is semi-retired and works part-time in her own private practice in Wilmington, NC, as an acute psychiatric inpatient assessor and therapist in a local hospital, and a substance abuse group leader at a treatment center, along with providing LPC, LCAS, and CCS supervision. As an ovarian cancer survivor with an attitude of gratitude for life, each day is a gift to serve and to help others make a positive difference in their own life.