Addiction in young adults is on the rise and requires quick and immediate attention in order to instill into them the coping mechanisms and self-awareness that will help them recover and avoid relapse as they age.
Rehab for uoung adults requires specialized treatment and customized treatment to suit the unique challenges and needs that young adults present.
Drug Abuse Common in Young Adolescents and College-Aged Kids
Drug abuse is common among young adolescents and college-aged young adults. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, young adults in the 18-25 age group are the most affected and biggest abusers of prescription medication, opioid pain relievers and anxiety and ADHD medications. Many youths and young adults will blame their behavior on their age and rationalize that they don’t really have a problem, they are just “young” and “enjoying life”.
Alcohol abuse is increasing at this age, especially among individuals who are just reaching the age at which they can legally drink. It can be especially difficult to recognize signs of serious alcohol substance abuse, too, as many individuals might just write off excessive drinking as something “everyone goes through”. The reality is that alcohol use can quickly turn into alcohol abuse and addiction, regardless of the age of the individual in question.
Often young adults are out on their own for the first time in college or the work world and so it is important to reach out to young adults who may have need rehab for substance abuse to help them recover from their addiction before it negatively impacts their future.
Risks of Substance Abuse in Youth
Youth is an especially dangerous time for young people when it comes to risky behavior, in part because the young brain does not fully develop until the age of 25. This serves to not only increase the chance of engaging in risky behavior, but could also potentially be even more damaging to a young person’s brain than they might to an adult whose brain is already fully formed.
Because young people are more likely to engage in risky behaviors than older individuals, this can increase the risk of addiction and substance abuse among youth, especially those that are not educated about how addiction begins or how it can impact one’s life. The risk of prescription medication abuse and alcohol abuse is perhaps the most common among individuals in this age group, in part because it’s “expected” and the substances are easy to obtain.
In addition, a common “rites of passage” among many youths in the United States is underage drinking. This lax attitude towards alcohol can lead to a dangerous environment where people are predisposed to accept the idea of drinking because “everyone does it”. The same can be said of prescription medication abuse, which is oftentimes obtained from family members without their knowledge.
The professionals at our center understand the risks of substance abuse in youth, and we can work with our clients to help determine the cause, origin, and best treatment plans possible to help young adults recover.
Signs of addiction in young adults
It is important to understand the signs of addiction in young adults in order to spot a potential problem quickly. These include:
- Weight Fluctuation
- Increase or Loss of Appetite
- Significant Change in Sleep Pattern
- Foul Body Odor
- Lack of Grooming or Bathing
- Blank Stare
- Trembling feet or hands
- Change in Personality/Attitude
- Avoidance of Family and Friends
- Anti-Social Behavior
- Drop in Work Ethic or Grades
- Reduction of Motivation or Energy
Pay attention to the behavior of the youth in question. Any extreme change might be indicative of an issue that needs attention.
Types of Treatment Available and Necessary
With young adults, it is important to use a blend of different treatment methods in order to create a comprehensive option that targets their social skills, their mental health, and their physical health. We like to use a combination of the following:
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Addressing Co-Occurring Disorders
- Holistic Therapies
- Nutritional Therapy
- Development of Social Skills
- Experiential Therapy
Timeline of Treatment for Young Adults
When it comes to sobriety, it is important to note that recovery is a life-long process. With this in mind, you can expect a 30-day stay in an inpatient treatment facility for young adults, perhaps longer depending upon the issues in question.
We help our clients through the detox and withdrawal processes before beginning on their therapy. We also place an emphasis on aftercare and recovery and will work with our clients to design a treatment plan that ensures they receive the support they need even after they leave our facility.
Opioid Addiction Treatment
It should be noted that opioid addiction is one of the most quickly rising drug addictions among young adults. With this in mind, we are proud to have crafted treatment programs founded in neuroscience research. We use our knowledge of neurophysiology, combined with our belief in the ability of all individuals to change and grow, to design effective and comprehensive treatment options that will target the root of the addiction and treat co-occurring disorders.
Importance of Specialized Treatment
It is important to understand that young adults require a specialized type of treatment in order to achieve sobriety and stay on the road of recovery. We are proud to offer treatment programs that have been carefully designed with youths in mind. Our therapies and treatment options all work to help identify and target co-occurring conditions as well as address the addiction itself. We offer young adults a program that was built to meet their unique needs and adapted to fit the unique challenges they present.
We can help get you, or the young adult in your life, the help needed to recover.
Futures of Palm Beach is not only a supportive setting where young people suffering from substance abuse will be surrounded by their peers, but our facility also specializes in dual diagnosis treatment. It’s often found that people who are abusing substances also suffer from a separate mental illness, which is why dual diagnosis is so important. While in treatment, clients will also be treated for symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD or attention deficit disorder. Aside from individual treatment, group sessions are attended where young adults see that they’re not alone. It’s been proven that young people who are around others the same age are much more likely to engage in their personal recovery. The clients at Futures of Palm Beach begin to bond with each other and build a support group, and many of these relationships can last a lifetime. Don’t let addiction continue unchecked. If you or your loved one is in need of a young adult drug rehab program, call Futures of Palm Beach today at (866) 351-7588.