Harm Reduction for High-Risk Adolescent Substance Abusers.
Fisher, Maurice S.
xiv, 216 p.
Published: October 2014
PO Box 100516
Atlanta, GA 30384-0516
Intended for therapists, counselors, and clinicians, this book discusses helping adolescent clients take charge of their life after negative consequences of substance abuse or abuse, and empowering young men and women to make better choices and minimize risky behaviors using harm reductive methods. Following an introduction, Chapter 1 addresses the magnitude of the substance use among adolescents and Chapter 2 examines aggression and violent behaviors among adolescents. The link between aggression and violence and substance use is described in general and is then explored specifically for adolescents in Chapter 3. Chapter 4 provides a methodical approach for evaluating adolescents to rule out substance use disorders that includes seven dimensions: a developmental and medical history, a psychosocial history, the client’s cited problems related to use, the severity of an identified problem, the collection of objective data from a formal diagnosis, the clarification of a baseline of the client’s status to which future conditions can be compared, and the determination of the appropriate level of care and treatment. Chapters 5 and 6 focus on available effective treatments, and describe the harm reduction method and techniques that are effective in treating adolescents. Chapters 7 through 10 explains the use of social group work methods to manage risk and harm associated with active substance use and withdrawal from substance use, including the use of cognitive-behavioral and skill development groups, psychoeducational and interpersonal skills groups, adolescent substance abuse group work, and anger management group therapy. Chapter 11 explains compliance issues associated with adolescent substance abusers and presents a social work model, and Chapter 12 describes adolescent substance abuse support groups. The final chapter explores the ethics of harm reduction methods. Numerous references.
ADOLESCENTS; SUBSTANCE ABUSE; SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION; SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT; BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION; THERAPISTS ROLE