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On-Site Psychiatric Treatment Improves Abstinence In Teens With Co-occurring Disorders
What the Numbers Say
Vol. 20, No. 6 (July 2006)

Graphic: Substance Abuse Outcomes 6 Months After Beginning Treatment

Six months after they began substance abuse treatment, teens who also participated in therapy for their other psychiatric problems were more likely to demonstrate abstinence than peers who did not receive such services. The study group comprised 419 adolescents seeking treatment for substance abuse at a managed care system in California.

Graphic: Abstinence Among Adolescents

Among a subgroup of the adolescents receiving help for both substance abuse and behavioral problems, those receiving colocated services were more likely to be abstinent than those receiving services at separate locations.


Sterling S., Weisner C. Chemical dependency and psychiatric services for adolescents in private managed care: Implications for outcomes. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 29(5):801-809, 2005.


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