Substance Abuse in the Adolescent Population Essay

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Substance Abuse in the Adolescent Population Maritza Martinez Ethics in Practice, fall 1, 2007 (Online) Professor: Dr. Cathy Lounsbury Argosy University – Sarasota Campus Abstract There is a lot of written information that talks about the problem that substance abuse among adolescents represents for our society and for our future. There are many good resources to be utilized as guides in the work with adolescent substance abusers. When working with adolescent substance abusers, counselors are often faced with some ethical dilemmas. However, the information provided as guidance to work in that area is ambiguous and often confusing, particularly, when it comes to adolescent clients and confidentiality. This information would provide counselors with knowledge on how to better work with this population and how to solve some of the ethical dilemmas encountered by counselors while engaged in such endeavor. This writer’s intention is to combine different resources found along with the information found on the ACA’s Code of Ethics, APA’s Code of Conduct and the HIPAA law in order to have a better understanding on how to better serve this population. TABLE OF CONTENTS Title page ………………………………………………..………………………….1 Abstract …………………………………………………………….……………….2 Introduction ……………………………………………………….……………….. 4 Literature Review………………….………………………………………………. 6 How society perceives the substance abuse in the adolescent population .……….. 9 How adolescents perceive the substance abuse in their population …….…………10 Other ramifications of substance abuse in the adolescent population ………….….11 Substance abuse treatment with adolescents and ethical dilemmas ….…...……….13 Conclusion ……..…………………………………………………………………..17 Bibliography ……………………………………………………………………….18

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