For Young Adults age 17-25

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Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers

Every drug abuser will undergo his or her own unique drug treatment and rehabilitation. They all share a common goal: to become physically and mentally independent from drugs. How they go about achieving that goal, however, is as varied as snowflakes.

Like everything else, a formula for successful addiction treatment relies heavily on environment. Individual resolve and intelligence are necessary, but environment is usually the deciding factor between a positive prognosis and a negative one. Drug rehabilitation for young adults is no different.

The first factor in effective drug rehabilitation is geographical isolation. It is not uncommon to send drug or alcohol abusers to boarding houses, where they are cut off from the temptation to drink or do drugs. Some rehabilitation centers take it a step further, providing residents with the pleasure of being in beautiful surroundings. Such locales are, in a way, essential for the transformation of a young person's life. As addiction is cleansed from the body, beauty is once again realized in itself.

Aside from environment, a drug treatment and rehabilitation center should offer young adults a variety of positive reinforcements, like group therapy and individual counseling, arts, youth activities, and vocational training. This multifaceted approach is more effective than a shorter program, which might focus exclusively on detoxification. In young adults, addiction consumes much of their energy and vitality. When an addiction is broken, the empty space left by substance-abuse must be replenished with positive elements. Mental rehabilitation is, in the long run, more important than physical recovery.

When examining popular drug rehabilitation treatments, one quickly comes to the conclusion that there is no substitute for individualized attention. It is through therapy, counseling, and instruction that a drug abuser can finally come to terms with his or her addiction. Remember, addiction usually takes hold of a young adult after they have shut themselves off from the outside world. Drugs become a substitute for normal forms of positive reinforcement, like peer relations, family bonding, and school grades.

Drug addiction treatments are just as much about believing in oneself as about physically detoxifying the body. One of the main goals of treatment should be to replant the idea that every resident is unique. Over the course of drug treatment and rehabilitation, residents should be placed in positions of responsibility, where they are reintroduced to the timeless concepts of cooperation, trust, and decisiveness. Ideally, young adults will leave treatment with life skills that they perhaps didn't possess previously.

In addition to individual and group counseling, drug addiction treatment centers should have clinical health and medical facilities which are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If a physical relapse occurs that demands immediate medical care, those resources are vital. Rehabilitation centers should never place residents in any position where their physical health is threatened.

Drug treatment and rehabilitation centers offer a second chance and not just from the failures of drug addiction. Successful treatment through practicing day-to-day persistence and a commitment to sober living, offers young adults a renewed zest for life.


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