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Services for Adolescent Substance Abusers (From Teen Drug Use, P 123-153, 1986, George Beschner and Alfred S Friedman, eds. -- See NCJ-110780)

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S Kusnetz
Date Published
29 pages
A variety of resources and services are available to adolescent drug abusers and their families.
Information, advice, and counseling can often be obtained from the family physician, clergy, friends, the yellow pages, the school counselor, and hotlines. Mental health clinics in many communities may offer one or more of the following services: drug and alcohol information; community education programs; prevention and intervention programs; individual, group, or family counseling; crisis intervention; drug use assessment; and referral. Types of services available through other sources may include short-term inpatient crisis intervention, inpatient detoxification and treatment programs, outpatient treatment, day care programs, residential treatment, therapeutic communities, and host treatment services. Other options include religious treatment programs, halfway houses, school-based intervention, and alternative activity programs. In selecting a program, parents should make sure they understand the program, its costs and length, and the responsibilities of parents and child. While individual programs vary, all generally make extensive use of group therapy, provided individual counseling, and require some parental participation. Nine drug treatment programs are described. 6 references and directory of State substance abuse coordinating agencies.