Adolescent Substance Abuse
Family physicians can make a real difference with teenagers who suffer from substance abuse, but it can be a challenge. In fact, the challenge starts with defining the problem. Studies show that there has been at least some alcohol consumption by more than 50% of high school seniors, and up to one-third have tried marijuana; 90% of college sophomores report the use of alcohol during their freshman year of college, with approximately 40% bingeing on the weekends with some regularity. After about the age of 22, there is a gradual but significant decline in the use of alcohol and other substances by most young people. About 10% of the population continue to have a substance abuse problem at some time in their lives (excluding nicotine). Nearly all who do started substance usage during their teens.
KeywordsSocial Anxiety Family Therapy Substance Usage Drug Screen Substance Abuse Problem
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