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Alcohol and drug addiction is the major health/law and order problem in the United States. The substance use and its abuse had increased the risk of violence, injuries, HIV infection and other diseases among youth and adolescents.
Treatment plans for the adolescent alcohol/drug problems Alcohol and drug addiction is the major health/law and order problem in the United States. The substance use and its abuse had increased the risk of violence, injuries, HIV infection and other diseases among youth and adolescents. Alcohol is the substance abused most frequently that is followed by marijuana and tobacco. It is estimated that about 40% of high school seniors reported drinking some alcohol and about 15% of adolescents have abused marijuana and 13% of adolescents reported smoking cigarettes. In addition, there is an increase in the illicit drug use or abuse of illegal drugs among adolescents in the United States. By the twelfth grade, about half of the adolescents have abused an illicit drug at least once. The most commonly used drug is marijuana but adolescents are also using other substances such as prescription medications, glues, aerosols in their homes. Therefore, there are many strategies, factors that can help adolescents stay drug free and tailoring, and determining the appropriate level of treatment for an adolescent is a big issue. In addition to factors normally considered when placing individuals in treatment for a substance use disorder includes the following issues: 1. Inclemency of substance abuse, 2. Cultural background, 3. Presence of coexisting disorders and the treatment programs must also examine other variable such as age, level of maturity, and family and peer environment when working with adolescents. The above-mentioned factors when once assessed and the problems understood the treatment program is then matched with the adolescent for proper type of treatment in an alcohol and drug rehab center. The researchers and the treatment professionals have found it useful to characterize the adolescent substance abuse behavior on a continuum of severity. The classification of Child and Adolescent Mental Diagnoses in Primary Care (American Academy of Pediatrics, 1996) views substance use disorders as occurring on a continuum that extends from the development variation of experimentation with substances through the problem use to the disorders of abuse and dependence. The treatment plans among adolescents must be adjusted to accommodate differences with respect to their age factor. For instance, the treatment of 13-years old is not identical with that of an 18-years- old. The gender factors also play an important part in the treatment plan and approach adopted at various alcohol and drug rehab centers. Adolescent females for instance may need more attention concerning family problems as it has been found that female adolescent substance users have usually experienced severe parental rejection and sexual or physical abuse. In addition, female adolescents’ often need highly specialized services when they are pregnant or are parenting young women and these facilities are available at some of the alcohol and drug rehab centers.
"Treatment plans for the adolescent alcohol/drug problems"