Navigation Links
Helping others helps teens stay on the road to addiction recovery
Date:11/8/2011

A new study of teens undergoing substance abuse treatment finds helping others helps the adolescent helper by reducing cravings for alcohol and drugs, a major precipitator of relapse. These novel findings stem from the "Helping Others" study (http://helpingotherslivesober.org) led by Maria Pagano, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Results of this large investigation involving 195 substance dependent juvenile offenders reveal that helping others in 12-step programs significantly improves adolescent treatment response. Featured in the November issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, this study also shows that youth service participation mediates the influence of lifetime religious practices on treatment outcomes.

"Our findings indicate that service participation in 12-step programs can reduce the craving symptoms experienced by adolescents in treatment for alcohol and or drug addiction," Dr. Pagano says. "Similarly, we found that substance-dependent adolescents with greater religious backgrounds participate more during treatment in 12-step programs of recovery, which leads to better health outcomes."

This observational, longitudinal study is the first to examine the relationship between adolescent 12-step participation during treatment, lifetime religiosity, and clinical outcomes, replicating findings shown among adults in Dr. Pagano's prior collaborative research.

Funded by the John Templeton Foundation, the investigation comprised 93 boys and 102 girls, ages 14-18, court-referred for residential treatment at New Directions, the largest adolescent residential treatment facility in Northeast Ohio. The majority were marijuana dependent (92%) with comorbid alcohol dependence (60%). Participants were interviewed within the first 10 days of treatment and two months later at treatment discharge. Outcomes assessed included urine toxicology screens, alcohol/drug craving symptoms, clinical characteristics, and global psychosocial functioning.

Controlling for background characteristics and clinical severity, Dr. Pagano and colleagues found that Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous-related helping, as part of treatment, improved four of seven outcomes. These included reductions in two types of craving symptoms, reduced narcissistic entitlement, and improved psychosocial functioning. Higher lifetime religious practices, such as prayer, worship, and meditation, were associated with higher service participation during treatment, which in turn, led to better outcomes.

"Because most religions encourage altruistic behaviors, youths entering treatment with greater religious backgrounds may have an easier time engaging in service in 12-step programs of recovery," Dr. Pagano explains. "In turn, youth entering treatment with low or no religious background may require greater 12-step facilitation or a different approach to derive equal benefit from treatment."

Adolescent addiction has increased dramatically in the past decade at a time when treatment resources are dwindling. Craving for alcohol and drugs is a major precipitator of relapse and can linger long after the detoxification period. While newly developed medications can block cravings, they are not approved for use with adolescents. Service participation is a natural, no-cost behavioral approach that can reduce adolescents' craving symptoms as they adjust to a sober lifestyle.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jessica Studeny
jessica.studeny@case.edu
216-368-4692
Case Western Reserve University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Community leaders honored for helping Americans most in need
2. Study identifies an expanded role for PKM2 in helping cancer cells survive
3. Helping Teens Fend Off Attacks by Cyberbullies
4. Mine-hunting software helping doctors to identify rare cells in human cancer
5. Kellogg researcher helping eye care providers better assess driving in older adults
6. Fidos New Forte: Helping Kids Learn to Read
7. Helping Maryland municipalities go green to save: New UMD initiative
8. Helping preterm babies get the best start
9. Helping deaf people to enjoy music again
10. Helping the aged during natural disasters
11. Sedentary Jobs Helping to Drive Obesity Epidemic
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... June 20, 2017 , ... Kenneth Mayer, MD, has been appointed a new ... Mayer, who joined the JIAS Editorial Board in 2016, has co-authored more than 800 ... Fenway Health and Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute, a member of the ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... Houston, Texas (PRWEB) , ... June 20, 2017 , ... ... of their new website and a host of new options for today’s modern ... helping seniors maintain the active, independent lifestyle they love while offering them the services ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... June 20, 2017 , ... MindTouch , the leading ... proud to announce Touchpoints integrations. MindTouch Touchpoints easily integrate product documentation ... to provide a seamless customer experience. , Truly “plug and play,” Touchpoints are ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... 20, 2017 , ... Dr. Manju R. Kejriwal currently accepts ... whether or not they have a referral. Dr. Kejriwal offers state-of-the-art treatment through ... targets bacteria and damaged tissue without affecting the surrounding tissue. This technology virtually ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... June 20, 2017 , ... With certifications ... Invisalign® in Denville, NJ, Drs. Adam and Hal Kimowitz are currently accepting new ... complications that traditional orthodontics can cause for some patients, which is why they offer ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/19/2017)... Pa. , June 19, 2017  Researchers from ... today that they will host a live, complimentary webinar ... from the benchtop to the real world" on Wednesday ... EDT. This webinar will feature interviews ... rare look into the manipulation techniques abusers use to ...
(Date:6/14/2017)... 2017  In 2016, Embodied Labs took ... competition and came away with $25,000 in seed-fund investment. ... Forbes as "entering the life of another" and by ... "empathy to medical professionals in an entirely new dimension." ... a finalist for the Department of Education,s EdSimChallenge, where ...
(Date:6/9/2017)... 2017 AirXpanders, Inc. (ASX: AXP) (AirXpanders or ... manufacture, sale and distribution of the AeroForm® Tissue Expander ... its commercial roll-out in the United States ... one hundred (100) medical institutions and health systems, located ... needle-free alternative for women who choose reconstructive surgery following ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: