Adolescent drug abuse treatment works better with family – Including parents in interventions for adolescent substance abusers may be the best way to prevent them from relapsing after treatment, according to research results presented at APA’s 2003 Annual Convention and slated to be published this year in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. “This study is an important first step in the examination of the efficacy of adolescent drug treatments that coordinate family-based and cognitive-behavioral approaches,” said Latimer, a professor at Johns Hopkins University’s department of mental health. “The study findings suggest that the IFCBT model is a promising approach for the treatment of adolescent drug abuse.”