For Young Adults age 17-25

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Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs

There are numerous drug and alcohol treatment programs available, each with differing methods and techniques. The most successful programs are ones that work tirelessly to self-improve their own formula while staying true to their core values. Parents of young adult addicts need to understand that rehabilitation is not an exact science. It is the flexibility with which treatment programs tailor their therapy and class environments that make students receptive and enable them to start down a path to recovery.

While attending drug and alcohol treatment programs, young adults begin to understand the responsibilities that come along with growing up. Much of their young adult lives were consumed with substance abuse; therefore, once they enroll in a program or become a resident, their newfound drug-free lifestyle usually comes as a revelation. And the greatest part is the change is coming from within. Programs should stress the self-motivation that is required for a lifetime of drug-free living.

By concentrating on the independent skills that will be required of them after rehabilitation, residents gain a new understanding of life and begin to believe in themselves. The importance of repetition and daily routines in the systematic recovery from substance abuse cannot be ignored. Daily activities like work ethic focus, group therapy, and vocational training (automotive or carpentry studies, for example) are some core activities in rehabilitation.

In addition, during the week there are scheduled alternative activities like sports, outdoor activities, community events, and, of course, school work. While in treatment, residents can experience a kind of personal, spiritual awakening as they learn to believe in themselves and gain confidence in their ability to interact in the world at large.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers

As with any kind of education, class size is one of the key components in determining effectiveness. Small class size ensures that each resident is given a very good amount of personal attention, because that, more than anything else, will ultimately have the greatest impact for recovery.

Some programs require residents, before admission, to agree to a series of conditions. These may include an agreement to confront their own addictions and life issues, to be abstinent, or to match or exceed the effort given by staff members. Upon admission to rehabilitation, residents should be indoctrinated in a good work ethic, perseverance, and a daily contribution to their own steady recovery. It is up to them to institute change in their life.

Long term drug treatment programs should engage residents in many group activities, from vocational training to recreational endeavors. Why are group activities so important? Interacting and engaging in group activities will stress cooperation and leadership skills, which will serve them in the future. Every aspect of rehabilitation should be designed to prepare residents for life outside the program. Graduating from the program is the ultimate goal for residents in treatment centers. And in the end, staying sober will be their decision and no one else's. Itís important for the center to give young adults the foundation they need to be able to make that decision.

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