PATTERNS/CORRELATES OF SUBSTANCE USE AMONG ADOLESCENTS APPLYING FOR TREATMENT
Relative to adults in drug/alcohol interventions, information is scarceAll Research and Trends
Relative to information about adults in drug and alcohol interventions, information on the nature of substance use and associated problems among adolescents seeking treatment is scarce; comparisons with adults in treatment or adolescents in the general population are even rarer.
This paper presents data on the substance use patterns, HIV risk-taking behaviours, criminal behaviour, social functioning, physical health and psychological distress of adolescents who applied for an intensive, residential treatment intervention.
It is recommended that a comprehensive, intensive, longer-term treatment intervention is needed to address the variety and severity of problem areas evident in the sample. It is further recommended that greater attention be given to earlier community-based interventions to prevent drug abuse and related problems among at-risk adolescents from escalating to the levels seen in this sample. Schools, police, community services, health workers and the juvenile justice system are in a position to identify and intervene with the adolescents and their families long before they present to a residential treatment program.
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