(Ivanhoe Newswire) - Adolescents are significantly less likely to receive treatment for substance abuse problems than adults, and when they do receive these services, they may not be receiving care designed especially for them.
That's the take home message from University of Kentucky researchers who looked at a random sample of addiction programs from around the country. Results showed only about 10 percent of teens needing help were getting it from these facilities. Other findings included:
"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," study author Hannah Knudsen, Ph.D., was quoted as saying. "It means we lose our chance at early intervention, and that families may be unable to find services for their children in their communities."
SOURCE: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, published online March 2, 2009
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