Focal Point: Youth, Young Adults, & Mental Health. Co-Occurring Disorders
Dual diagnosis -- Treatment, Youth -- Personality disorders -- Treatment, Social work with youth -- Evaluation, Substance abuse -- Treatment
Youth with substance use disorders often also face mental health challenges. Two recent studies analyzed two different treatment approaches for co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders: (1) a standardized therapy approach and (2) 12-step support groups, as modalities for effectively treating and continuing positive outcomes for young people with co-occurring mental health and substance use issues. The findings from these studies are summarized below.
Kennedy, M.O., & Gowen, L.K. (2014). Treating Young People with Co-Occurring Disorders: What Works? Focal Point: Youth, Young Adults, & Mental Health. Co-Occurring Disorders, Summer 2014, v. 28, pages 12-14.