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Biological, psychological and social factors are considered in this volume in its exploration of adolescent substance abuse, with adolescents presented as a clearly defined group with unique needs and concerns. The author examines issues such as assessment, treatment planning, service provision and the recovery process, and proposes creative treatment approaches. Integrating the complex elements which impact upon the initiation, maintenance and treatment of young substance abusers, the author uses his biopsychosocial model to examine normative issues for adolescents and how impairment in these areas can cause - or be the result of - substance abuse. Consideration is also given to particularly vulnerable young people, such a

Defining and Understanding Adolescent Substance Use and Abuse
Defining and understanding adolescent substance use and abuse
Introduction

It is very useful for those who help individuals with substance abuse problems to consider how they have arrived at their definitions and understandings of these problems. A clinician's definitions and understandings not only reflect the “reality” of a given person's drug problem but can also contribute to creating the clinician's own “reality” of how to be helpful with this individual's drug problem.

The terms and concepts used by those who treat adolescent substance abusers can sometimes seem entangled in a knot of opinions, perspectives, and judgements. Loosening this knot and viewing each strand can be an enlightening process.

Among professionals who treat adolescent substance abusers, there are currently various dilemmas about ...

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