Free substance abuse treatment available for teen study participants


Free substance abuse treatment available for teen study participants

September 17, 2012 — Free treatment for adolescents using alcohol or other drugs is available from MGH and Harvard Medical School as part of a research study. The researchers are looking for teens aged 14–19 who meet criteria for a  substance use disorder with at least some use in the past 90 days, who have not been diagnosed with a schizophrenia spectrum disorder, and who are committed to 10 weeks of therapy (2 individual sessions and 8 group sessions).Researchers are seeking to improve upon an empirically-supported therapy — Motivational Enhancement Therapy/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy — for young people with substance-related problems by providing support and linkage to community mutual-help resources (e.g., Marijuana Anonymous; Narcotics Anonymous), which have been shown to enhance recovery outcomes for young people.This is an opportunity for adolescents who cannot afford other treatment options or who may not be appropriate for the types of services that your facilities provide. Participants will be reimbursed up to $195. This study will take place at the Center for Addiction Medicineat MGH and is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).Please contact Vesi Hristova at 617-643-5927 or