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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

Servicing Adolescent Substance Abusers: Part II: Treatment Planning
Servicing adolescent substance abusers: Part II: Treatment planning

Treatment planning is the process whereby data from the assessment is acted on to service the substance-abusing adolescent and her family. This process entails the clinician both creating a map through a systematic identification of treatment needs and services and following this map by placing the adolescent along a continuum of care. It is within the context of the clinician's creating and following a treatment map that the adolescent is directed in her recovery.

Treatment planning involves approaching adolescent substance abuse as a biopsychosocial problem. The impact of chemical use on the adolescent's biological, psychological, and social functioning necessitates identifying needs and appropriate services to address the problems within these levels ...

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