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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

Treating Vulnerable Populations of Adolescent Substance Abusers
Treating vulnerable populations of adolescent substance abusers

Adolescent substance abusers with a concurrent psychological disorder, who are victims of physical or sexual abuse, or who grew up with substance-abusing parents represent three special treatment populations. Such adolescents present a kind of double jeopardy for treatment providers (Rivinus, 1991c). Teenagers grappling with overcoming substance abuse, as well as growing with any of these coexisting developmental impairments, have special treatment needs and command unique attention in treatment.

Young persons in these populations struggle with a kind of developmental eclipse during their teenage years. Treatment seeks to bring awareness, growth, and developmental light into this formative time, so that they may thrive in recovery.

Rationale for Differential Treatment of Vulnerable Populations

There are several reasons ...

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