The Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Adolescent Substance Use Disorders appeared in Adolescent Psychiatry (Volume: 5, Issue Number: 2, 2015).
The authors were: Justine Wittenauer, Michael Ascher, Alexis Briggie, Anna Kreiter and Jessica Chavez. To access online, click here.
From the abstract:
Background: Adolescents are at elevated risk for using and experimenting with substances such as alcohol, nicotine and marijuana. Research has demonstrated not only the harmful effects of these drugs on the developing brain, but that individuals with early use have a higher risk for substance use disorders (SUD’s) later in life. Given the current prevalence of substance use among youth, resources are needed to study, develop, and implement safe and effective treatment modalities. Because of the dearth of conventional medications for SUD’s, alternative methods of treatment must be explored. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a growing field with an ever-increasing evidence base.
Method: This paper presents a qualitative review of the present-day use of CAM within adolescents, and creates a conceptualization for its potential in treating substance use disorders.
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