Treatment options are lacking for teens with substance use disorders, experts say. Addiction treatment resources are expensive, hard to find, and often not effective, they tell U.S. News and World Reports.
“There is no other disorder or disease that is as undertreated in adolescents as substance use disorders,” said Samuel Ball, President and CEO of CASAColumbia, an organization that researches addiction and treatments. “These can turn into life-or-death situations.” He added, “There really aren’t places for kids to go. As a parent you want your children to be treated in a highly reputable health care system that has [specialists] providing treatment that has been shown to be effective – kind of like what you would expect to see if your kid has cancer.”