Young adults today (aged 18 to 25) make up a unique demographic. The amount of societal and technological advancements that they grew up witnessing is more than most generations that came before. However, not all advancements have been positive. For young adults, accessing drugs and alcohol has become much easier in the past ten or so years. Not only that, but the substances themselves have become much more advanced— and hazardous.

Thankfully, rehabilitation techniques and programs have also advanced. In fact, most rehab centers have integrated programs that cater specifically to the needs of young adults in substance abuse recovery.


The Pseudo-normalization of Substance Abuse


Unfortunately, we now live in a time where consuming alcohol and using drugs is a trend for young adults; one that, in some cases, has been a major part of their upbringing. Advertisements for alcohol are plastered everywhere in our society, encouraging young adults to invest in what is perceived as a good time. Over-the-counter medication can be broken down and mixed with other chemicals to create something new and dangerous.

In recent years, heavy drinking, illicit drug use, and even prescription drug abuse have drastically increased among young adults in the United States. In fact, the nonmedical abuse and medical misuse of prescription drugs are actually the highest among young adults aged 18 to 26.

Young adults who abuse prescription drugs tend to favor opioid pain relievers and anti-anxiety drugs for getting high, but also abuse ADHD stimulants for “better concentration” at work or school.

Self-medicating with legal substance may seem harmless, but it is just as dangerous as abusing any illicit drug. Back in 2014, over 1,700 young adults fatally overdosed on prescription drugs, more than heroin and cocaine overdoses combined.

With this in mind, being able to recognize warning signs of substance abuse is crucial for parents and friends alike. For a list of red flags, click here.


The Obstacles of Rehab for Young Adults


Despite all the advancements in treatment, the rehab centers that utilize cookie-cutter treatments for substance abuse recovery often underestimate or fail to recognize what young adults deal with outside of addiction on a regular basis. In fact, the unique set of circumstances that young adults face in their struggle against substance addiction may influence their decision to seek help at all. Many young adults looking to get sober:

  • have not completed school yet
  • have not had enough work experience to cover independent costs of living
  • are not yet living independently
  • are struggling financially
  • may already have children to support
  • are pressured by their peers to abuse substances

This is why finding a rehab facility that offers customized comprehensive treatment plans is essential for the physical, mental, and emotional needs of young adults in recovery. They need all the help and support they can get.


The Added Benefits of a Specialized Young Adult Rehab Program

Since young adults each have a distinctive set of treatment needs, the best care should include guidance as well as medical and clinical intervention. By offering to coach in certain areas outside of addiction, specialized rehab for young adults equips those in recovery with the tools to fix and improve their lives.

The best rehab programs for young adults in recovery are the ones that offer any of the following:

  • life skills training
  • budgeting and money management
  • resume creation and building
  • interview training and techniques
  • legal progress report documentation
  • trauma counseling
  • family counseling
  • dual diagnosis therapy
  • physical activities
  • emotional growth and support


Why Young Adults in Recovery Choose Discovery

Young adults are one of the largest and most under-treated addiction demographics. At Discovery Institute of New Jersey, we understand that there are a variety of issues outside of addiction that young adults face. Our programs ensure that rehab for young adults is an experience that grants them more than sobriety. With customized treatment plans tailored to each individual’s needs, we guarantee that our patients receive only the best care. For more information, please call us at

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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