Anxious Youths in Addiction Treatment Benefit From Service Activities

Recent study findings suggest that addiction treatment that uses service participation has significant benefits for adolescents with social anxiety disorder, as they are more likely to partake and have reduced risk for relapse and incarceration six months post-treatment.

To examine how social anxiety disorder affected 12-step engagement patterns during treatment and treatment outcomes, researchers assessed data for 195 adolescents aged 14 to 18 years who were referred to residential treatment by court. Study participants met DSM-5 criteria for marijuana dependency or co-morbid alcohol dependency. Data were from interviews, youth reports, clinician reports, medical chart review and electronic court records. 

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