Date of Conferral
Clarence J. Schumaker
Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is associated with high mortality rates and remains a
public health concern in the United States. Although, numerous interventions are offered
for adolescents struggling with substance misuse, minimal research is available on the
effectiveness of treatments to reduce recidivism. Researching the most effective
treatment offered to adolescents is crucial to treatment adherence and recovery. The
purpose of this study is to determine the most effective SUD treatment for adolescent
patients by exploring the perceptions and experiences of treatment therapists providing
treatment. The trans-theoretical model was used with elements of the social cognitive
theory as a guide to, adolescent placement in treatment programs and behavior changes.
Twenty-three treatment therapists at Community Mental Health Centers from 23 counties
in the State of Indiana were interviewed using the Colaizzi phenomenological
methodological approach to obtain verification, validation, and validity for this study.
Results suggested that assertive post-discharge plans after SUD treatment, motivational
interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, higher power faith for strength, and family
involvement was evidence of effectiveness. Seven themes emerged from 225 significant
statements. Among the dominant themes were understanding of SUD as a disease and the
importance of family involvement in the treatment process. The study findings have the
potential for positive social change to address the stigma of stereotyping of SUD through
Rendleman, Connie Jean, "Experiences and Perceptions of Staff Providing Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Adolescents" (2019). Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies. 7069.