For Young Adults age 17-25

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Alcohol and Drug Rehab

When examining the field of alcohol and drug rehab as a whole, a sometimes confusing picture emerges. On one hand, every participant has the same goal of overcoming drug and alcohol addiction. On the other hand, there are a number of different opinions as to how best to achieve this goal. Unfortunately, most chemical dependency treatment programs fail to stop alcohol and drug abuse in young adults.

Alcohol Abuse

When considering alcohol rehabilitation, you usually think of rehab for mature adults. What is not as well-documented, however, is the growing importance of alcohol rehab for younger individuals. Young adults, ages 17 to 25, go through many changes. It is during this time that they are introduced to the pressures of the real world. How they adjust to those pressures will have a big influence on their personalities as mature adults.

There is always a certain amount of rebelliousness that occurs in teenagers and young adults. It is part of growing up. Unfortunately, this does not bode well for young adults who are experiencing problems with alcohol. Much of the time, attempts by parents or other authority figures are met with cynicism, overt disobedience, and disillusionment. Therefore, there must be a different mind-set when it comes to effective alcohol rehab for young adults.

Alcohol Detox

Alcohol detoxification is a necessary part of the rehabilitation process. In fact, no real rehabilitation can take place until proper detoxification has been completed. Alcohol detox becomes more and more difficult in cases where the alcoholic has gone through a number of previous rehab programs. A long-term, residential program provides abundant time not only to detoxify participants, but also to successfully rehabilitate them.

After achieving physical detoxification, it is important that the chemical dependency treatment addresses the psychological detox of participants. Mental detoxification is a core component because the mind's determination is responsible for not letting alcohol consume the body. This is a day-to-day process that involves understanding what alcoholism does to one's family, improving self-esteem, and learning life skills. Other factors that can contribute to successful psychological detoxification include work ethic, commitment to detail, social realignment, and community service.

Successful Alcohol Rehabilitation

Balancing education with recreation is an essential part of rehabilitation. Since young adults are still receiving formal education, a curriculum should be tailored to place emphasis on addiction recovery. In addition to all the standard subjects of a high school or university curriculum course, core classes with recovery-specific studies should be added. Recreational activities can be tailored to reflect what young adults like to do: get active, participate in fun events, and spend a lot of time outdoors.

Alcohol rehabilitation is a complex process, as is any difficult endeavor. It involves an amazing number of factors, in addition to the "12 steps." Look for programs that have conducted extensive research in forming their approach. Remember, though, that it is experience and practice that will identify the most successful approach and methods.

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