A historical note: How has improved Teen Addiction Treatment ;
It is true that until recently, treatment options for adolescents with substance abuse diagnosis was not good. In fact, according to an article published October 2011 in a psychiatric journal, these options make drug treatment for teens public concern.
Historically, treatment of adolescent addiction attended the programs had a training camp as the style of confrontation with the methods that were intended to break the attitudes and defense mechanisms these teenagers.
It was in the 1950s when doctors began to recognize that behaviors of adolescents with addiction were different from adults with addictions and deserved different treatment methods. In fact, with this recognition, the first treatment center for teenagers opened in 1952 with the Shore Hospital in New York City.
However, it took a while for the rest of the country to follow in the footsteps of New York. It was not until the 1980s that adult and adolescent treatment centers were completely separate events across the country. Treatment centers specifically for adolescents grew faster in the 1980s through the 1990s due to increased research in adolescent addiction justify different treatment.
For example, research indicates that adolescent substance abuse disorder have higher rates of heavy drinking, the highest rates of concurrent disease, are more susceptible to the influence of peers, and they are very focused on immediate concerns. Today, this is considered and incorporated into the treatment plan of a teenager.
Once a teenager has been assessed, he or she will probably participate in one of five levels of treatment as indicated by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. These are:
the final level of treatment mentioned above, could be the appropriate way treatment for adolescents who have a co-occurring disorder. Approximately 60-75% of adolescents who abuse drugs or alcohol also have a mental illness. Generally, treatment of comorbid conditions include individual and family psychotherapy, medication, support groups and very good communication between the psychiatrist, psychologist, family members, social workers, teachers and other professionals in the adolescent’s life. Ideally, there would be no integration of services between the orientation camps and psychiatric drugs to better treat a teenager with a co-occurring disorder. This type of adolescent treatment centers are becoming more and more available as a treatment option.
Other therapeutic forms of treatment include behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and the 12-step model. Behavioral therapy examines the attitudes, beliefs and thought patterns that may have to contribute to a dysfunctional lifestyle. For example, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), in particular, is a form of psychotherapy that addresses unhealthy thought patterns that lead to bad decisions. CBT also healthier to help manage difficult emotions coping mechanisms, causing life circumstances, and stress, replacement of any of the old methods of coping may have favored dysfunction and stress. Motivational interviewing is a form of therapy seeks to evoke the intrinsic desire of a teenager to change. Finally, the successful 12-step model uses both a form of group support and individual support making teens use a sponsor while on the road to recovery.
As research continues with specific treatment needs and differences from adults with addictions, treatment of adolescents for substance use only improve.
Winters, K., Botzet, A., Fahnhorst, T. (October 2011). Advances in the treatment of substance abuse in adolescents. Current Psychiatry Reports. 13 (5): 416-421
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