Multiple adverse outcomes over 30 years following adolescent substance misuse treatment
The extant literature documents elevated rates of continued substance misuse, as well as elevations in the risks of early death, criminality, serious physical and mental health problems, and poverty in the first decade of adult life among individuals who misused substances as adolescents. Long-term outcomes are unknown. Most previous studies have focused on only one or two outcomes, and therefore the breadth of adversity experienced by adults who as teenagers abused substances has not been established. Treatment studies have focused almost exclusively on relapse.