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Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide

What are the unique treatment needs of adolescents from different racial/ethnic backgrounds?

Treatment providers are urged to consider the unique social and environmental characteristics that may influence drug abuse and treatment for racial/ethnic minority adolescents, such as stigma, discrimination, and sparse community resources. With the growing number of immigrant children living in the United States, issues of culture of origin, language, and acculturation are important considerations for treatment. The demand for bilingual treatment providers to work with adolescents and their families will also be increasing as the diversity of the U.S. population increases.

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What are the unique treatment needs of adolescents from different racial/ethnic backgrounds?

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (2014). What are the unique treatment needs of adolescents from different racial/ethnic backgrounds?. In Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-adolescent-substance-use-disorder-treatment-research-based-guide/frequently-asked-questions/what-are-unique-treatment-needs-adolescents-different-racialethnic-backgrounds

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