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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 Adolescent Substance Use and Abuse
Treating adolescent substance use and abuse
Introduction

Adolescent drug problems can run the gamut from relatively minor difficulties intertwined with growing up to devastating addiction that ravages the adolescent's functioning, family life, and future. The treatment response throughout this spectrum of problems is fraught with disagreements among professionals who work with adolescents.

Among the differences currently debated are: (a) whether or not treatment of adolescent chemical users is truly helpful; (b) if treatment is helpful, then should it be qualitatively different: throughout the four stages of adolescent chemical use; and (c) can the major treatment approaches (the mental health approach and the 12-step recovery approach) work together for the benefit of those adolescents who experience the most serious drug problems—substance abuse disorders—and ...

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