An Environmental Intervention Approach to Prevention and Treatment of Youthful Drug Abusers
The fundamental aspect of intervention in adolescent drug abuse lies in understanding both the youth’s perception of him or herself and his or her relationship with the environment. The principle thesis of this paper is based upon the concept that all adolescents have similar basic personal and social needs and that in their attempts to meet these needs they explore their immediate environment through their families, schools, peers and community. Typically, the environment is unresponsive to the delicate developmental process of the adolescent and fails to provide the positive means by which to satisfy these needs. Thus, youth, feeling deprived, powerless and with a consequent lack of identity, can become vulnerable to a social subculture which tends to appear accepting and sympathetic, while offering a way of life that responds to their unfulfilled needs for identity, positive feelings, excitement and the rejection of that larger culture which had failed to recognize them.
KeywordsTask Force Role Identity Drug Abuse Prevention Adolescent Drug Abuse Community Service Group
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