The seven challenges: An effective treatment for adolescents with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health problems

Sally J. Stevens, Robert Schwebel, Bridget Ruiz

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Abstract

Recent developments in the provision of the substance abuse treatment for adolescents has included a focus on age appropriate treatment with consideration for adolescents' relatively low level of motivation for treatment and high incidence of co-occurring substance use and mental health problems. This study examines 3- and 6-month substance use and mental health outcomes for youth (n = 36) participating in The Seven Challenges Program. Results indicate significant reductions in both substance use and mental-health-related measures at 3 months with all measures except substance abuse frequency continuing to improve at the most distal 6-month assessment. The Seven Challenges treatment model is presented along with a discussion of the findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-49
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 11 2007

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Mental health
  • Outcomes
  • Substance abuse
  • Treatment approaches

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Rehabilitation

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