Substance Abuse Issues

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Treatment Variables and Issues: Adolescents with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Treatment Variables and Issues: Adolescents with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Adolescence and early adulthood are periods of growth, exploration, and for some young adults, the development of drug abuse and addiction (Volkow, 2004). Historically, the addiction and mental health systems have been separate entities with little collaboration between the two. There are many problems associated with completely separate addiction treatment systems and mental health treatment systems and approaches, especially when treating adolescents of whom the majorities do not present for…show more content…
Some research data on the adolescent population show that adolescents seem to be less motivated than adults to seek or stay in treatment, and that the motivation they have more likely emanates from pressures exerted by exerted by external agents such as family members or court officials (Breda & Heflinger, 2004). Breda & Heflinger (2004) conducted a study to assess multiple domains of incentive to change among adolescent admitted to publicly funded treatment for substance abuse with variable social, legal and clinical…show more content…
The results of their findings show that integrated services such as concomitant alcohol and other drug treatment and psychiatric treatment and delivery of various services in a single location, also referred to as ‘one-stop shopping’, improved alcohol and other drug treatment outcomes (Sterling& Weisner, 2006). It is concluded that structural and clinical changes that increase integration between the involved departments, particularly between substance abuse treatment programs and the psychiatry department, could improve outcomes significantly. The results obtained by Sterling & Weisner (2004) have been used to alter the health plan’s practices for alcohol and other drug treatment of adolescents by developing the Dual Diagnosis Best Practices Committee to implement a ‘liaison’ initiative. This initiative places a clinician trained in dual diagnoses in each alcohol and other drug treatment and psychiatry clinic to act as a resource for staff in these clinics (Sterling & Weisner, 2006). The use of research-practice integration models can help to identify research questions that assist in developing new interventions or constellations of services, adapt them to clinical practice, and measure their

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