Navigation Links
Teens Undertreated for Substance Abuse
Date:3/2/2009

Therapy gap likely driven by limited availability of adolescent-only services

MONDAY, March 2 (HealthDay News) -- Only about 10 percent of the 1.4 million American teens with substance abuse problems receive treatment, according to a new study.

"Part of this treatment gap may be driven by the limited availability of adolescent-only treatment services. Less than one-third of addiction programs in the U.S. have a specialized program for adolescents," study author Hannah Knudsen, of the University of Kentucky, said in a news release from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funded the research.

"Despite the public health significance of adolescent substance abuse and the knowledge that treatment can be effective for this group, services for them are less available than for adults. It means we lose our chance at early intervention, and that families may be unable to find services for their children in their communities," Knudsen said.

She also found wide variations in quality among the randomly selected 154 addiction treatment programs for teens she studied. Knudsen analyzed nine areas of quality, including whether families are encouraged to be involved in a teen's treatment process and whether a program offers a range of comprehensive services. Only a small number of the programs scored high in each area, and most received a medium score in overall quality.

"The lack of comprehensive services in substance abuse programs for teens raises questions about whether teens will get what they need, since we know they are likely to have co-occurring psychiatric conditions and to engage in HIV-risk behaviors," Knudsen said.

She noted that quality scores tended to be higher for programs that offered more intensive treatment services, such as residential or inpatient treatment. But only 30 percent of programs offered such services.

"For parents who are looking for high-quality programs that offer the most comprehensive array of services, a good proxy indicator is whether that organization has an inpatient or residential level of care," Knudsen said.

The study was published in the March issue of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

More information

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has more about substance abuse programs for teens.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, news release, March 2, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Teens From Smoke-Free Homes Carry on Tradition
2. New Partnership for a Drug-Free America 20th Annual Study Shows Progress in Teens Recognizing Dangers of OTC Cough Medicine Abuse
3. Obesity Just as Risky for Teens as Heavy Smoking
4. NBA and WNBA Help Teens Take Their Best Shot at Health With New Vaccines for Teens Educational Campaign
5. New iPod listening study shows surprising behavior of teens
6. HensonFuerst Invites North Carolina Teens to Make Their Directorial Debuts
7. Tyler Perry Donates $110K to Covenant House Keeping Atlanta Teens off the Street
8. Teens with cancer present unique psychological issues
9. Tobacco Companies Targeting Teens, Study Says
10. American Idol Former Finalist, Brooke White, Helps Teens Cast Flu Prevention Vote
11. Heavy marijuana use may damage developing brain in teens, young adults
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Teens Undertreated for Substance Abuse
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... It’s that time of year again! Time ... about summer internships , which can be frustrating when they don’t even know ... Media Group, a boutique public relations firm outside of Philadelphia, have offered these three ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... The founders of Dr. ... as winners of American Dreams & Good Housekeeping Seal Initiative, a nationwide search ... and Good Housekeeping. , Steven Wang, MD ., a renowned dermatologist and ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... News Advisory/Interview Opportunity , ... helped score a major victory in Europe for public health and the environment and ... Based on rigorous scientific research and the overwhelming support of European citizens, the European ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... “A Respectful Response To ... Response To Atheist Manifesto” is the creation of published author Richard Hostetter, a ... sixty years. He holds graduate degrees from Kent State University and the University ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... ... March 22, 2017 , ... Cosmetic Town, an ... issue of its companion print magazine. The new magazine, scheduled for release in ... information provided by board-certified doctors from across the country. , According to the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... CHICAGO, Ill. , March 23, 2017 ... dancer and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Julianne Hough ... campaign called "Get in the Know about ME in ... is dedicated to inspiring women to learn about and ... 10 women, 1 and to address their symptoms ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... 2017 The global dermatology devices ... billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand ... a faster rate due to rising concern amongst people regarding ... of esthetic procedures used for treating hair - and skin-related ... considered as the highest revenue generators for the market. ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... , March 23, 2017 ReportsnReports.com ... a latest research report. The global vagus nerve stimulation ... of surgeons focus toward minimally invasive VNS procedures. Few ... to few developed countries having high standards of healthcare ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: