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Table 2 Barriers to adolescent treatment retention

From: Barriers, facilitators, and disparities in retention for adolescents in treatment for substance use disorders: a qualitative study with treatment providers

THEMES AND SUBTHEMES
Family-related
 Limited family participation/visits
 Family members use substances
 Other1: costs associated with treatment, adolescent is caretaker, violence in the home
Policy/Systems
 Health insurance barriers
 Inappropriate placement
 Other1: Transportation system
Client
 Lack of motivation/readiness
 Difficulty adjusting to rules/structure
 Trauma history/mental health comorbidity
 Younger age
 Other1: Withdrawals symptoms at treatment entry, marijuana as main substance, run away
Facility
 Staff burnout /turnover
 Other1: Non-smoking policies, following traditional model of talk therapy/coming to clinic, program location
  1. Note:1Mentioned less frequently