A very indepth detail of substance abuse with illicit substances for adolescents and young adults shows some staggering figures that need corrected. Why are young adults and adolescents turning to these substances? Maybe better family life, better role models and better coping strategies are the answer? Whatever the answer, America has a huge problem as our younger population turn to drugs for a variety of answers. Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Training.
The article and report, ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG ADULT SUBSTANCE .Federal Grants for Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services and for Research, states,
“About 16 percent of adolescents and 38 percent of young adults used illicit substances in 2016. Most young adults who develop substance use disorders begin using in adolescence.
There are federal grants that fund drug addiction treatment for adolescents and young adults. But most of the stakeholders we talked to believed that there are too few studies about drug addiction treatment for adolescents, too few providers to treat these patients, and too few services to sustain their recovery.”
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These statistics are far from good signs and corrections need to be made. If you feel you can make a difference in this area, please review our Substance Abuse Counseling Program.