Adolescent substance use is unfortunately common with far-reaching and catastrophic consequences for millions of teens, their families, and communities. Although substance abuse affects individuals of all ages, it often begins in adolescence  – a period when the brain is less well developed and patterns of use are especially risky. Due to lack of confidence or insufficient training, clinicians often fail to screen adolescents for substance use. Identification and early intervention by clinicians can have a significant impact on the incidence of adolescent drug use and decrease the prevalence of addiction.

In 2016 CO*RE collaborators worked together with clinical experts to develop a CE/CME program that provides the clinical knowledge, skills, and competence healthcare professionals need to address the unique challenges of adolescents. The program features excerpts from the award-winning film, The Hungry Heart, along with realistic and effective adolescent case studies.

Click here for more information about the film The Hungry Heart.


Conrad N. Hilton FoundationCO*RE thanks the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for their generous support of this important project. The Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas including preventing substance use.

Fred Holmes video – The Hungry Heart