Unfortunately, there’s been a steady increase in adolescent and young adult involving drug or alcohol addiction in recent years, so rehabilitation centers have implemented programs that cater to adolescents between the ages 12-24. Medical and mental health professionals realize that treatment programs cannot simply be modified versions of programs designed for mature adults. Thus, adolescent substance abuse rehabilitations are established to meet this emerging problem.
Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Options
Adolescents and young adults respond best in peer-to-peer environments because of shared circumstances and cultural parallels. In peer-to-peer treatment programs, expression and understanding are more quickly achieved. Treatment facilities that specialize in treating this younger demographic employ a variety of environments therapy programs:
Therapeutic Boarding Schools
These facilities allow patients to engage in therapy while continuing education. The most successful programs interweave treatment techniques into the curriculum, immersing the patient-student in an environment where all phases are in constant and continual operation so he or she can simultaneously develop a sober life, academic achievement and life skills. Learn more about Therapeutic Boarding Schools.
In addition to using licensed therapists, young adults undergo therapy in a wilderness setting with other peers also in recovery. Mutual support is achieved through learning outdoor survival skills, physical education and problem solving. Support groups meet regularly here, and success is measured through growing self-esteem and the ability to cope with problems in a rational and sober manner. Learn more about Wilderness Programs.
These programs are structurally similar to those designed for adults, but target adolescents and young adults. Cognitive behavior therapy, peer-to-peer counseling and private and group therapy are all employed in the fight against addiction. A major goal of adolescent therapy is developing skills set that enable patients to restructure their lives once they leave treatment. In reaching this goal, young adults are able to break from the conditions that fueled their addiction and live each day sober. Learn more about Long-term care.
The Need to Specialize
For young adults and adolescents the body is still changing, and reactions to illicit drug use and alcohol abuse differ from the ways adult bodies respond — same goes for psychological development. Different world views and peer group structures of young adults and adolescents also contribute to attitudes and activities regarding drugs and alcohol.
The reaction to traumatic experiences is also different between young and mature adults. Divorce, death, financial loss and other life-changing situations are more problematic because of the lack of experience and problem-coping skills. And adolescent peer pressure plays a huge role; the desire to fit in and be a part of a particular group or sub-culture is a major impetus for early substance abuse.
The adolescent substance abuse rehabilitation programs address all these issues. At The Way Out Recover, we make sure you or your loved one will get the best rehab that suited your need.