At Discovery Institute of New Jersey, we approach each client at our rehab for young adults with a customized treatment plan based on their unique needs. Young Adults are one of the largest populations that seek help for addiction. We specialize in getting these patients help they need so that they can build a sober and successful future.
Rehab for Young Adults
For many young adults, consuming alcohol and drugs is a phase that occurs naturally as a part of growing up. Unfortunately, for some young adults, experimentation can transform into dependence and addiction. Binge drinking and use of illicit drugs has increased among young adults in recent years, and prescription drug abuse has steadily risen among this age group since the onset of the prescription drug epidemic in the United States. It’s important to recognize and identify warning signs that may indicate that a young adult is struggling with an alcohol or drug problem and may need rehab. Family members and loved ones can look out for:
- Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
- Loss of relationships with friends or changes in social groups
- Irritability, anger, depression, anxiety
- Symptoms of drug withdrawal, such as nausea, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, shakes or tremors, and restlessness
- Intense, frequent mood swings
- Extreme secrecy
- Financial problems, frequently needing to borrow money
- Loss of a job or abandonment of an extracurricular activity
- Slipping grades
- Distancing themselves from family and friends
- Presence of drug paraphernalia or drugs
If you have determined that a loved one is struggling with an alcohol or drug problem, intervention may help convince them to ask for help from a treatment center. Getting your loved one into drug and alcohol treatment is the first step to effectively addressing their dependence on substances, and helping them to live a healthy and sober lifestyle.
Unique Programs at Discovery’s Drug Rehab for Young Adults
Young adults face unique needs in drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Many young adults seeking drug or alcohol treatment haven’t yet completed school or had enough experience in the workforce to live independently, while others may already have children of their own, and significant family, legal, and financial issues. The staff at Discovery Institute is specially trained to deal with all different cases. When young adults enter treatment at Discovery Institute, they are guaranteed an individualized, comprehensive treatment plan that addresses every aspect of their addiction and their physical, mental, and emotional needs.
Helping Young Adults Cope
Along with our standard treatment program, at Discovery Institute we offer specialized programs and groups that help young adults adjust to a sober life and cope with issues beyond drug and alcohol dependence. These age-specific programs include:
Vocational training and Resume Building
Many young adults who enter drug and alcohol treatment don’t possess vocational skills or have much experience in the work force. At Discovery, we offer case management and skills development services to help young adult patients identify career goals and build skills necessary to function in the working world outside of treatment.
Basic life skills, such as cooking, cleaning, self-care, and caring for one’s living space are important to living a well-rounded and adjusted life outside of treatment. Our clinical and residential program teaches young adults these vital life skills so that they are able to care for themselves when they graduate treatment.
In active addiction and alcoholism, many of our patients make choices that lead to legal repercussions. Our staff is trained and experienced in verifying patients’ enrollment in treatment, as well as preparing progress reports and documentation for the appropriate legal bodies, for patients who are being monitored by the legal system. Our counselors are also experienced in guiding clients through processing their emotions regarding any legal consequences they may be facing as a result of their active addiction or alcoholism.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Many patients who suffer from alcohol or drug dependence also suffer from a co-occurring mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. Our doctors, nurses, and therapists are experienced in using medication and therapy to effectively treat both addiction and mental health issues. In order to build a life of recovery and sobriety, young adult patients need to be treated for any mental health conditions they may have, and at Discovery we are well-equipped to do so.
Traumatic experiences, such as early childhood abuse or being in an accident, can change the way the brain functions and lead individuals to develop unhealthy coping mechanisms such as drug or alcohol abuse. Our therapists work with clients to process these traumatic memories and to create new, healthy coping mechanisms that will serve them in their pursuit of long-term recovery.
Family relationships with parents, children, siblings, and extended family members are often damaged by an individual’s active addiction or alcoholism. Our team of therapists and counselors offer family counseling to help family units resolve these strained relationships and reconnect with one another. Clients and their loved ones will have an opportunity to set boundaries, express their feelings, and process their experiences with one another as a family unit during this part of the treatment program at Discovery.
Drug addiction and alcoholism can rob young adults of opportunities to have exciting careers, fulfilling educations, and whole, healthy relationships with family and friends. At Discovery, we aim to treat addiction in this segment of the population so that they can lead lives that are healthy and happy in every aspect. Our goal is to provide a well-rounded approach to treatment so that young adults can leave our care with all of the tools that they need in order to stay sober and thrive in the real world. We personalize every patient’s treatment plan specifically to their individual needs and goals. Discovery Institute does a thorough medical, psychological, and drug and alcohol use assessment upon arrival to establish a baseline, and treatment starts immediately following. Throughout their stay at Discovery, young adult patients will be treated comprehensively, with care and compassion by our doctors, nurses, therapists, and technicians.
Our staff is committed to giving young adult clients the best possible chance at a bright future and long-term recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.