Addiction is no respecter of persons. It affects both the young and the old. And, no matter who you are or where you’re from, addiction can completely change your life. Young adults are no exception to this.
Young adults are struggling with substance abuse all throughout our country. From freshmen in high school to mid-twenty-somethings, the youth of America knows all too well how occasional and experimental substance use can lead to years of abuse and addiction.
Unfortunately, many individuals begin to experiment and toy with the idea of drug and alcohol use long before they become adults. High schoolers get drugs from friends who somehow get them from dealers. They drink alcohol before they’re of age. And, as a result of this substance use, many individuals become addicts by the time they are considered adults.
But, there is hope through rehabilitation for young adults. Programs that focus on helping younger individuals can be more effective than generalized treatment programs. Rehabilitation for young adults focuses on the needs of youth, having the understanding that these needs may be much different from the needs of older individuals who suffer from addiction.
Here 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 make up one of the largest populations that seek help for addiction. So, we work to make sure that, when a younger individual comes to us, they receive exactly what they need in order to overcome substance abuse.
We believe that those who come to us for help can definitely become free from addiction. There is hope for each one and we work to make sure each individual finds that hope. Our team specializes in getting our patients the guidance and help they need so that they can build a sober and successful future.
About Rehab Programs 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 many individuals, experimentation often develops into substance dependence and addiction.
Binge drinking and illicit drug use have increased among young adults in recent years. Prescription drug abuse has also 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:
- Extreme secrecy
- Isolation and social withdrawal
- Intense, frequent mood swings
- Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
- Presence of drug paraphernalia or drugs
- Distancing themselves from family and friends
- Moodiness (irritability, anger, depression, anxiety)
- Poor performance in school (poor grades, disrespect, etc.
- Loss of relationships with friends or changes in social groups
- Financial problems, frequently needing to borrow money
- Loss of a job or abandonment of an extracurricular activity
- Symptoms of drug withdrawal, such as nausea, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, shakes or tremors, and restlessness
If you have seen any of these signs in loved one’s life, it’s possible that he or she is struggling with an alcohol or drug problem. The young adult in your life may have become addicted to drugs or alcohol and may not know how to break free.
You can help by performing an addiction intervention. This could help to convince your friend or family member to reach out for help.
In order to overcome addiction, your loved one needs to go to a professional 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.
If Your Child is Struggling With Addiction
Often, parents notice the signs of substance abuse in their children’s lives but they are unsure about how to help. Perhaps you’ve seen some signs in your child’s behavior and actions. No doubt, you are experiencing quite a few emotions, including anger, confusion, and intense fear.
Have I done a bad job at parenting? Many parents ask themselves this question when they realize that their children are struggling with addiction. But, it’s important to avoid blaming yourself for the problem your child is facing. After all, blaming never helps to resolve the problem.
You may not have caused the addiction problem, but you can definitely help to end it! You can help your child by, first, approaching the matter with love. Your child is suffering from an uncontrollable substance use disorder (SUD). He or she may want to be free but may be uncertain how to become free.
An addiction intervention may be necessary in order to help your loved one. If you are looking for more information about performing a successful intervention, our intervention program just might prove to be helpful to you.
Unique Programs at Discovery’s Drug Rehab for Young Adults
Young adults have unique needs when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Many young adults who are seeking drug or alcohol treatment have not are still in school or they may not have had enough experience in the workforce to live independently. Others may already have children of their own. They may be facing significant family, legal, and financial issues.
Living with addiction is difficult for anyone. But, it can be even more challenging for young adults. Most young people struggle to find their place in their world as they enter into adulthood. They have many lessons to learn and experiences to encounter. But, it’s very difficult for them to navigate through the new world of adulthood when their vision is clouded by substance abuse and addiction.
The staff here at Discovery Institute is specially trained to deal with varying cases of addiction. When young adults enter treatment at our facility, we guarantee them an individualized, comprehensive treatment plan that addresses every aspect of their addiction and their physical, mental, and emotional needs.
Helping Young Adults Become and Remain Free From Substance Abuse
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. Through various types of therapy, treatment processes, and age-specific treatment programs, we provide hope for recovery!
Some of our age-specific programs include the following:
Vocational Training and Resume Building
Again, many young adults who enter drug and alcohol treatment don’t possess vocational skills or have much experience in the workforce. At Discovery, we offer case management and skills development services to help young adult patients identify career goals and develop the skills they need in order to function in the working world outside of treatment.
Life Skill Development
Basic life skills, such as cooking, cleaning, self-care, and caring for one’s living space are important parts of 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 from their treatment program.
Help With Legal Problems
During 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 for Co-Occurring Disorders
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. Fortunately, through our dual diagnosis program, we are well-equipped to do so here at Discovery!
Counseling for Trauma
Traumatic experiences, such as early childhood abuse or involvement 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.
Addiction doesn’t just impact the individual who is suffering from it. This issue also affects those who are close to the addicted individuals. Often, relationships with parents, spouses, children, siblings, and extended family members are damaged by an individual’s active addiction or alcoholism.
Our team of therapists and counselors offer family counseling to help families to 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.
You Can Move Past Addiction!
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 the lives of young adults 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 to meet their specific and individual needs and goals.
At Discovery Institute, we perform a thorough medical, psychological, and drug and alcohol use assessment for our clients. This helps us to establish a baseline. Then, treatment starts immediately following. Throughout their stay at Discovery, young adult patients will be treated comprehensively, with care from knowledgeable and compassionate staff.
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.