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Treating Addiction: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers

Updated on June 30, 2010

Research has proven that in the past decade there is a significantly larger number of alcohol and narcotic abusing adolescents participating in various modalities of treatment at Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers. There is also a mounting body of evidence which is assisting medical and social researchers to arrive at the conclusion that the percentage of girls in therapy is increasing as compared to boys, and the median age is falling at a rather accelerated rate. This is an extremely worrying trend as it seems to accelerate significantly as time goes on. The number of boys and girls who are listed within this subgrouping is nearly doubling every decade.

The tendencies of street youth to abuse cocaine and narcotics requiring therapy have accelerated, while the cases which involve alcohol and cannabis are on the way down. This trend away from the "soft drugs" and towards the harder, more addictive forms which have been linked to serious psychological and physiological damage is definitely well established in the medical literature. The utilizations of the various therapeutic and residential community programs are modifying to include patients with a series of problems which do not directly link to their substance abuse. The research also indicates that the situation with street youth is trending away from hospital and inpatient programs to and shifting to a variety of more informal outpatient and day clinic Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center programs.

Youths may respond best to pliable structural approaches which adjust to individual needs. Some of the most important Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center program elements include family therapy, family and peer support, behavioral counseling, and continuing assistance. Additional services, such as the availability of educational opportunities for dropouts, crisis counseling, recreation services, psychological and social development and sexuality counseling are of foremost importance as well.

Patients involved in psychological therapy consistently show greater rates of alcohol and other narcotics abuse and a raft of associated problems than the overall population. Patients with serious mental illness are specifically vulnerable for substance abuse. Research has shown that patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder were more than five times more likely have experienced a substance abuse disorder in their lives than the overall population.

Substance abuse problems among patients who are exhibiting symptoms or have been formally determined to be suffering from psychological problems are significantly at higher risk to be involved with serious and critical problems with money management and stability in their housing. The problems that they suffer are quite frequent among patients with addictive problems in utilizing recreational narcotic drugs or consuming excess quantities of alcohol, but are increased in severity due to their concurrent psychological ailments.

Research with patients treated in either addiction therapy programs at Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers or mental health therapy programs show inconclusive results while concurrently, substance abuse can determine the course of therapy for psychological problems, at the same time that psychiatric problems can have an undue influence on addictions therapies.

Continued In - Treating Addiction: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers Part 2

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