Adolescent Perceptions of Substance Use Problem Resolution and Recovery

Douglas C. Smith, Jennifer M. Evans, Crystal A. Reinhart, Shaneil E. Taylor, Shahana Begum, Karen V. Jenkins

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A better understanding of adolescent recovery is needed and will create opportunities to enhance recovery-oriented systems of care. The current study surveyed adolescents on behavioral and social indicators, substance use problem resolution and recovery status, and elements of recovery. The most commonly endorsed element of problem resolution was “stop completely,” followed by “not hanging out with friends who use a lot,” and “getting counseling for alcohol/drug use.” Approximately 40% of youth in recovery did not select abstinence as a key element of recovery. Additional research on recovery identity among adolescents is needed to clarify this finding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-178
Number of pages11
JournalAlcoholism Treatment Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2024


  • Adolescents
  • addictive behavior
  • recovery
  • substance-related disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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