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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

Adolescent Recovery
Adolescent recovery

The adolescent's recovery from substance abuse is a process of evolving from a chemically imprisoned pseudo-self to a chemically free real self. By participating in this process the teenager takes on the rigors of repairing the developmental destruction from his drug habit.

This recovery process is an individual journey for the teenager, yet it intersects with the recovery process with his family and with his peer relationships. The adolescent's individual recovery and his family's recovery are not necessarily parallel processes. There are four possible treatment outcomes with the recovery process for an adolescent and his family:

  • Both the adolescent and his family improve in treatment. This offers a positive prognosis for continued recovery for the teenager and his family.
  • The adolescent progresses in ...
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