Outcomes of Alcohol Treatment for Adolescents

Published on Jan 1, 2002
· DOI :10.1007/978-0-306-47193-3_18
Sandra A. Brown124
Estimated H-index: 124
(UCSD: University of California, San Diego),
Elizabeth J. D’Amico1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UC: University of California)
Alcohol and other drug use by youth continue to be an important focus for this nation. Both moderate and heavy alcohol consumption are associated with a higher risk of alcohol-related medical consequences and accidental injuries for youth. Despite knowledge of possible consequences, a high percentage (30%) of high school students nationwide reports episodes of hazardous drinking (five or more drinks on one occasion). Increased awareness and concern related to adolescent substance use has led to the outgrowth of additional treatment facilities and programs for this age group. This chapter examines the impact of developmental factors on the assessment process and subsequent treatment of adolescent alcohol use disorders. In addition, treatment outcome research, intervention studies, relapse, and factors that may influence the recovery process of youth are discussed.
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