Social Anxiety and Peer Helping in Adolescent Addiction Treatment

A Must Read for parents and those who want to have more understanding of addiction. By my recovery supporter Paul Henry

Inside The Alcoholic Brain

In treatment, youths with social anxiety disorder (SAD) may avoid participating in therapeutic activities with risk of negative peer appraisal.
Peer-helping is a low-intensity, social activity in the 12-step program associated with greater abstinence among treatment-seeking adults. This study (1), hot off the press as published May 2015,  examined the influence of SAD on clinical severity at intake, peer-helping during treatment, and outcomes in a large sample of adolescents court-referred to residential treatment.

This study found evidence of an association between SAD and earlier age of first use,  incarceration history, and lifetime trauma. SAD was associated with higher service participation during treatment, which was associated with reduced risk of relapse and
incarceration in the 6 months post treatment. Findings indicate the benefits of service participation for juveniles with SAD which provides a nonjudgmental, task-focused venue for developing sober networks in the transition back into the community.

We now widely use certain excerpts from this study.

“THE 21ST…

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