36. Trauma and Adolescent Addiction

  1. Richard Rosner3,4
  1. Michal Kunz1,2

Published Online: 4 DEC 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118340851.ch36

Clinical Handbook of Adolescent Addiction

Clinical Handbook of Adolescent Addiction

How to Cite

Kunz, M. (2013) Trauma and Adolescent Addiction, in Clinical Handbook of Adolescent Addiction (ed R. Rosner), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118340851.ch36

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Forensic Psychiatry Residency Program, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA

  2. 4

    Forensic Psychiatry Clinic, Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, NY, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center, New York, NY, USA

  2. 2

    New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 DEC 2012
  2. Published Print: 4 JAN 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470972342

Online ISBN: 9781118340851

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Keywords:

  • adolescent;
  • addictive disorders;
  • addiction;
  • substance abuse;
  • alcohol;
  • PTSD;
  • trauma

Summary

Comorbidity of trauma and PTSD with addictive disorders is common in adolescents. The interrelationship between the two conditions is complex with addictive behaviors following the trauma, as well as preceding it. While there are established treatments for each of the conditions separately, few treatments addressing the comorbidity have been developed and tested. Little is known about the impact of the comorbid addictive disorders and trauma-related disorders on the adolescent developmental trajectory, the ability of the adolescents to acquire crucial psychosocial skills in the face of these twin disorders. In view of the adolescent tendency not to self-disclose, pro-active screening for trauma in the population of addicted adolescents, as well as screening for substance abuse in those who had experienced trauma, is highly indicated.