According to researchers, the main reasons for drug abuse in teens are negative feelings, social and family rejection, and the need for social rewards (Kuntsche, Knibbe, Gmel & Engels, 2005). So, the client’s entire family will be given counseling on how to deal with the issue. Sarah is found chemically addicted to the drug. So, she will be referred for medical detoxification through inpatient treatment at the mental health services department for one month followed by outpatient treatment.
There will be close monitoring by the case manager who will visit the client and her family every week for a month. The case manager will assess the mental state and behavioral pattern of the client and the involvement of the family in the treatment. The end of the first month will be followed by a reassessment of the needs.
The second stage starts when the client is free from chemical addiction to the drug and when the family is found to be cooperative to the entire process. In the second stage which starts after a month, the case manager focuses more on helping Sarah develop new interests, socialize, and be in the company of positive people. At this stage, Sarah will visit Teenonline.org, which is a strongly recommended website for teenagers to share their stories and support each other anonymously.
In this six-month treatment plan, medication is used to handle drug addiction in the first stage of the treatment and health is improved with the help of a dietitian for the entire six months period. The family of the client gets counseling in the first stage of the treatment.