Adolescent Intervention for Drug & Alcohol Abuse
is a growing concern across America that adolescents and young adults
are increasingly vulnerable to drug abuse. The national institute
on drug addiction (NIDA) has found that peer relationships, family
and school can act as protective factors while early adolescent intervention with risk factors (e.g., aggressive behavior and poor self control)
often has a greater impact on changing a youth’s life path
away from problems and toward positive behaviors.
Adolescents and Teen Addiction Risk Factors
Many factors have been identified that help differentiate
those more likely to use and abuse drugs from those less vulnerable
to addiction. Factors that are associated with greater potential
for teen addiction are referred to as “ Risk Factors”. Please
note, however, that most Adolescents at risk for drug abuse do not
start using drugs or become addicted. Also, addiction risk factors
for one adolescent may be very different for another. It is important that when risk factors are identified, teen drug treatment is administered as soon as possible. Do not become
For children already exhibiting serious risk
factors, delaying intervention until adolescence will likely make
it more difficult to overcome risks by adolescents, children’s
behaviors and attitudes are well established and not easily to changed.
(NIDA), Preventing Drug Use Among Children and Adolescents).
What does it mean to be an addicted youth?
Addicted youth and young adults are trapped in
their behaviors and cannot simply just quit on their own. Teen behavioral problems are a sign of
an illness that requires biomedical treatment. For youth ages 12
to 17, an estimated 1.1 million persons needed substance intevervention abuse treatment
in 2002. It is imperative to understand when dealing with children
and adolescents suffering from addiction that we are dealing with
individuals whose brains have been altered by drugs or alcohol.
They need addiction treatment.