Introduction: Understanding Adolescent Substance Abuse

Mark Singer, Richard Isralowitz

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This chapter suggests that anywhere between 20 and 40 percent of high school students use alcohol or drugs excessively. By their senior year of high school, 90 to 95 percent of students will have experimented with some type of drug or alcohol. he psychosocial and physiological results of chemical dependency are manifest in adolescents regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, or area of residence. Clearly, substance abuse is one of the most serious health hazards confronting our youth. Adolescents are at particular risk from the effects of mood altering substances. The findings suggest that interventions should not be limited to psychological and medical services, but should address needed changes in the individual’s social environment as well. William Filstead and Carl Anderson describe a system of care and clinical issues which are central to the delivery of services to adolescents with alcohol/drug problems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdolescent Substance Abuse
Subtitle of host publicationA Guide to Prevention and Treatment
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781317735144
ISBN (Print)9781315791319
StatePublished - Jan 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Psychology


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