Emerging Adults in Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Sunday, January 19, 2014: 10:45 AM-12:15 PM
HBG Convention Center, Room 103A Street Level (San Antonio, TX)
Cluster: Substance Misuse and Addictive Behaviors
Douglas C. Smith, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Emerging adulthood is a unique stage of development where adult roles are delayed (Arnett, 2005) and substance use peaks (Chen, Dufour, & Yi, 2005). In 2012 emerging adults had the highest rates of illicit drug use, binge drinking, and, more importantly, the highest rates of substance dependence or abuse diagnoses (SAMHSA, 2012). In addition to increased risk of substance use, some have found that emerging adults are the most vulnerable group for co-occurring disorders, especially if they are identified as having a substance use disorder (Chen et al., 2005). Emerging adults also account for 27% of all publically funded treatment, with the highest proportion of admissions being for marijuana use. This symposium addresses three research questions highly relevant to improving treatments for emerging adults, including:
- What are the typical patterns of withdrawal symptoms for emerging adult marijuana users,
- How do mental health, substance use frequency, and service utilization vary over the course of a 12 month follow up period, and
- Which motivation constructs predict substance use disorder remission for those in outpatient treatment?
Results from these studies expand upon our limited knowledge on these topics, and will assist us in refining current treatments delivered to emerging adults.
* noted as presenting author