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Trends in Nontraditional Substance Use: Implications for Counseling Practice
Mary O. Onungwe
In recent years, teenagers have expressed an interest in and have increased their use of mood altering substances that have euphoric effects or a "high." Within the wide variety of addictive nontraditional substances, Salva Divinorum, "Spice" or "K2," and Nutmeg are identified as the substances most frequently used by teens. It is therefore imperative for counselors to be cognizant of the changes in substance usage, their effects on teens and refer for specialized treatment. In this article, the writer offer counselors some insights on how to effectively address this growing problem among adolescents.