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Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

No longer children and not yet mature adults, some young people have the age but not the wisdom to stay out of the way of drugs. Inexperience and drugs can be a dangerous combination, because individuals can develop habits which could plague them the rest of their lives. Looking at national statistics, this regrettable fact becomes undeniable. The increase in drug and alcohol abuse rates among young adults are about double what they are in the general population.

If you know that a young person you love has a drug or alcohol problem, he or she is not alone. In recent years, there has been an increase in usage among young adults in nearly every drug category, including cocaine, marijuana, stimulants, methamphetamines, and even heroin.

Despite the increasing number of teen and young adult drug and alcohol rehab facilities, research indicates that young adults, on average, don't fare as well coming out of rehab as mature adults do. Perhaps this has something to do with a not-yet-developed sense of mortality, or maybe it means that mature adults better realize that their lives are at stake.

It is very easy to measure the effectiveness of drug and alcohol treatments by analyzing the successful sobriety rate of its graduates. Unfortunately, for most programs the results aren't good. Although they mean well and use some of the most popular methods, they either don't last long enough or they are not all-inclusive.

Many drug and alcohol abuse treatment centers especially fail young adults because the programs were developed with mature adults in mind. Young adults undergo profound psychological changes, like learning how to live in the real world. Sometimes trying to overcome addiction simply confounds these issues and leaves the abuser with no resolve to quit.

Young Adult Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs

If a young adult in your family is suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction, it is not just his or her responsibility to get help for this crisis. At the root of addiction is pain. It is sad but true; pain lends itself to the need for mind-altering substances. It acts as a substitute for the natural peaks and valleys of life. The pull of addiction is usually too strong to self-correct, even if the abuser knows that he or she has a problem. It is up to loved ones to schedule an intervention and do whatever they can to get the abuser to admit that a problem exists.

Aggressive steps must be taken before the addiction gets any worse, and that entails finding a first-rate drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. There are plenty of options out there, and many families opt for facilities close to home. Unfortunately, this is a common mistake. To crush an addiction, a complete environmental break is needed. By removing all familiarity (both environmental and peer), it is easier to make a fresh start.

Optimally, a young adult should be exposed to a drug and alcohol rehab program that is specifically catered to his or her age bracket. From the final years of high school until about age twenty-five is a time of serious change, when young people tend to adjust to their newfound responsibilities as adults. By targeting drug and alcohol rehabilitation services to young adults, treatment can help people for whom rehabilitation might only be possible early in life. The longer an addiction is allowed to fester, the harder it is to eventually quell.

New residents in a treatment program are usually going through emotional suffering, and are struggling to hold on to what appears to be a losing battle. By bringing residents to a place of serenity and beauty, rehabilitation brings them out of their comfort zone and replaces it with a new foundation. Treatment programs should be long enough to allow young adults to build a solid base of self-assurance, on which they construct their adulthood. Successful programs help them understand that their drug and alcohol rehabilitation isn't an end, but a beginning.

Effective drug and alcohol rehabilitation services are structured differently for each resident, because each and every one of them is an individual and needs customized treatment. A limited campus size allows staff to give each student a great deal of attention. Faculty should balance understanding and consideration with a strict and unyielding attitude towards addiction recovery. And, since overcoming addiction is best taught from people who know, look for personnel with successful histories of overcoming chemical dependency themselves.

Finding Success with Drug and Alcohol Treatments

A drug or alcohol abuser's life, on the surface, might not appear so different from anyone else's. What they hide, in contrast, is an ever-present roller coaster mentality that is characterized by constant up and down motion. The high of drug satisfaction followed by the low of withdraw is never-ending. Eventually, the roller coaster travels higher and lower, and in shorter durations, until it derails. Effective rehabilitation replaces this unstable machine with a new ride--one that, over the course of a lifetime, travels steadily uphill.

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