to violence is associated with children's development of various
problems, including substance use. Children and youth exposed to
violence may use alcohol or drugs as a way to cope. Unless underlying
causes such as child abuse and neglect, community violence, and
exposure to domestic violence are addressed, it may be difficult
for them to stop using alcohol or drugs. The substance abuse prevention
field plays an important role in identifying children and youth’s
exposure to violence and incorporating appropriate prevention strategies
Professionals in the field often work on a variety of issues in
addition to substance abuse and would benefit from deepening their
understanding about the impact of children’s exposure to violence
in their work."
Links Between Adolescent Trauma and Substance Abuse:
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (2007)
This is a compendium of training materials to help mental health
clinicians, substance abuse treatment providers, parents, and youth
understand the complex needs of youth with traumatic stress and
substance abuse problems and to promote evidence-based practices
in clinical settings. Materials include fact sheets, case examples,
and multimedia presentations.
Drinking Prevention: Action Guide and Planner
Substance use and violence are highly correlated among children
and youth as well as adults. An action guide for preventing underage
drinking which is highly correlated with violence and exposure
to trauma. Focuses on family life, alcohol relationships, alcohol
and popular culture, availability of alcohol, physical effects
of alcohol use, alcohol and girls, alcohol and boys, and various
other community issues and resources.
the Teen Years: A Parent's Handbook for Raising Healthy Teens
Preventing substance use and abuse by positive modeling in the
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: TIP 25:
Substance Abuse Treatment and Domestic Violence
Resource for substance abuse treatment providers in working with
survivors and abusive partners, addresses identification, referrals,
and legal issues as well as the correlation of domestic violence
and substance abuse.
Violence and Substance Use: 2001 Update
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health NHSDA Report,
Describes links of youth substance abuse and violent behaviors
and exposure types.
Frances Harding is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in the field of drug and alcohol policy and is the author of several published articles on prevention. She serves as Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), which provides national leadership in the federal effort to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and drug problems. And is the lead for SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiative #1 Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness which will create communities where individuals, families, schools, faith-based organizations, workplaces, and communities take action to promote emotional health and reduce the likelihood of mental illness, substance abuse including tobacco and suicide. This initiative will include a focus on the Nation’s youth, Tribal communities, and military families.
Mrs. Harding previously served as associate commissioner of the division of prevention and recovery at the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, where she was responsible for the development of policy and guidelines for alcohol and drug abuse and gambling prevention, treatment, and recovery programming. Ms. Harding has held numerous national positions and received recognition from her peers for her work, including serving as president of the National Prevention Network, an organization representing all fifty states’ alcohol and other drug abuse prevention offices, and as New York State’s representative to the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc., where she served on its board of directors. In 2004, she became the first non-researcher to receive the prestigious Science to Practice Award from the International Society for Prevention Research.