Youth Substance Use

Youth substance use programs cover both prevention and treatment services for young people.

Youth Prevention Programs

Youth prevention programs empower young people, families, and communities by creating and reinforcing conditions that promote healthy behaviors.

These programs are intended to serve youth Pre-K through Grade 12 — before the onset of a substance use disorder — to prevent or reduce the risk of developing a health problem. Programs support positive youth development through the use of evidence-based approaches endorsed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Substance Use Disorders

Substance use disorders can affect youth from all backgrounds. They occur when there is a recurrent use that impacts an individual's daily life. Services are designed to meet a person where they are and coordinate care for the best possible outcome.

The substance use service array encourages youth ages 13 to 17 to seek recovery by providing a range of services that include treatment and youth recovery communities.

How Do I find Substance Use Services for Youth?

You can contact a substance use program directly, your local Outreach, Screening, Assessment, Referral (OSAR), or local authority.