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Majority Of Adolescents With Severe Substance Use Disorder Don’t Grow Out Of It

April 1, 2022

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While it’s estimated that 1 in 3 Americans will develop a substance use disorder in their lifetime, experts know little about the long-term outcomes for people with substance use disorder symptoms from adolescence through adulthood. According to new research from the U-M School of Nursing, a majority of 18-year-olds with severe substance use disorder symptoms followed in a longitudinal study over 32 years still had multiple substance use disorder symptoms as adults. Sean Esteban McCabe, professor at the U-M School of Nursing and director of the Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking, and Health, shares insights from the study, highlighting the need to offer treatment over longer periods and rethink how physicians prescribe medication to individuals with multiple substance use disorder symptoms.

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