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New users of alcohol start between ages 18 and 25. Most substance use disorders (SUD) begin before age 25. Studies show that for adolescents (ages 12-17) and young adults (ages 18-25), frequent marijuana use is associated with opioid misuse, heavy alcohol use, and depression. For many reasons, families can pass SUD down through generations.
The Oregon Health Authority is working to end this cycle. To promote prevention, best practices and cross-system collaboration throughout Oregon’s SUD treatment system, OHA works with a variety of partners, programs and systems. Providers must deliver developmentally focused, age-appropriate services using the Continuum of Care model (Institute of Medicine 2009):
Access to treatment and treatment modalities which support family involvement; matching a treatment facility with developmental needs.
Residential Treatment Facilities in Oregon:
The Oregon Youth Authority also provides substance use treatment within its facilities.
Support after treatment that teaches how to live clean and sober and to have positive experiences which reinforce this knowledge.
Don TennisonSubstance Use Disorder Youth Program Coordinator503-757-2235
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