Research is lacking on effective mental health and substance use treatment options for people with FASD

'This study reveals a huge gap in evidence-based practice...'

From Canada FASD Research Network:

“OTTAWA, November 17, 2020 – This week, a team of researchers and partners published findings that show a startling gap in the evidence about treatment for mental health and substance use challenges for people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

“FASD is a lifelong disability impacting the brain and body of people exposed to alcohol in the womb. Mental health and substance use needs are an important consideration in this population, as over 90% of people with FASD are estimated to experience challenges with mental health, and an estimated 35-55% of adolescents and adults experience problematic substance use.

“The team – made up of researchers and partners from the Canada FASD Research Network (CanFASD) – reviewed literature on mental health and substance use treatments for people with FASD. Of more than 10,000 titles reviewed, they found only three studies where researchers studied the impacts of interventions directly targeting the mental health or substance use needs of people with FASD.

“None of the studies identified in the review explored how to best support people with FASD who are experiencing severe mental illness or acute mental health or addictions crises, and very few were designed for adolescents or adults. Instead, most of the studies were designed to build functional skills among children with FASD, with improved mental health as an indirect by-product of treatment....”

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