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NCJ Number: 134690 Find in a Library
Title: Adolescent Mentally Ill Chemical Abuser: Special Considerations in Dual Diagnosis
Journal: Journal of Adolescent Chemical Dependency  Volume:1  Issue:4  Dated:(1991)  Pages:79-113
Author(s): H H Gregorius; T S Smith
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 35
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The high rates of dual diagnosis of drug abuse and mental illness among adolescents make it clear that drug treatment programs must also address mental illness and that both disorders must be carefully explored to develop an appropriate treatment plan.
Abstract: The most recent study of the subject showed that more than half of drug abusers suffer from a mental illness, with more than 76 percent of cocaine abusers showing mental illness. Affective and anxiety disorders are the most common. Among alcoholics, 37 percent have another mental disorder, most often anxiety disorders, antisocial personality disorders, and affective disorders. Therefore, the traditional splitting of treatment for adolescents should not occur. Instead, a comprehensive team effort is required that includes the family and is located in the youth's community to avoid isolating youths from the network where they live and learn. 71 references
Main Term(s): Emotionally disturbed delinquents; Juvenile drug treatment
Index Term(s): Dual diagnosis; Juvenile drug abusers; Mental illness-crime relationships; Treatment techniques
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