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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

The Recovery Environment: Family Recovery and Peer Relationships in Recovery
The recovery environment: Family recovery and peer relationships in recovery
Introduction

The young person's family and peer relationships together form his recovery environment. If the adolescent's climb through the stages of recovery can be compared to ascending the rungs on a ladder, then his recovery environment can be compared to the wall that this ladder leans on, supporting his climbing effort.

Just as the adolescent's family and peers can interact in four possible ways to influence his chemical use (as discussed in Chapter 5), so his family and peers can interact in four possible ways to influence his recovery. Family and peers might combine to support him in recovery. His family and peers could be opposing influences, with ...

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