For Young Adults age 17-25

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Substance Abuse Treatment

Substance abuse treatment is, more than anything else, a process. In many cases, the traditional 30-day substance abuse rehab program does not last long enough to make a lasting mental impression on the recovering alcoholic or drug abuser. Young adults, especially, need time to weigh the dangers of drug abuse and the benefits of sobriety. They need to acquire the habit of setting new goals, both personal and cooperative, each day. How long this takes is dependent upon the individual and how effective their treatment program is.

Sometimes young adults feel like "it's too late" to learn and change, but well-trained treatment staff are there to reassure them that it's never too late. Therapy is often more effective when the teacher has successfully defeated their own substance abuse and can fully understand what the student is facing. During group and individual therapy with experienced staff, emotional breakthroughs are made that become the foundations of a new, sober life.

Because young adults associate with their peers during this process of recovery, they learn to lean on each other for emotional support. One of the first things residents have to admit to themselves is that they can't do it alone. It is this sense of kinship which contributes to the overall mental progress made by each resident. There arenít any fancy tricks or trendy solutions when it comes to substance abuse treatment. Instead, patience and the flexibility to work with each individual are needed.

Incorporating proven methods, including the 12-step program, is a good foundation for a successful program. Another important indicator of a treatmentís effectiveness is the degree to which residents are immersed in a proactive and sober environment. Facilities and centers should be designed to be the kind of place where someone can go to get away from it all, because thatís exactly what these young adults really need.

Teen Substance Abuse

The downward spiral of teen substance abuse can be halted by alcohol and drug abuse treatment. Ultimately, successful rehabilitation from teen substance abuse must be erected on the foundations of self-confidence and self-reliance. Self-confidence enables young adults to make their own choices and decisions. Another part of self-confidence is learning about personal limitations and knowing it is sometimes okay to ask for help and who to turn to. Self-reliance strengthens a young personís ability to get through difficult situations on their own and how to handle negative peer pressure. Building these two traits will help young abusers leave their habits behind when facing the pressures of the outside world.

If you're confident in your own abilities as a young sober adult, you can achieve anything. Graduates of successful young adult substance abuse treatment programs no longer fear the pull of substance abuse; they learn how live without drugs. They realize their own abilities and intelligence are all they need to succeed in life. Armed with this realization, they begin to see their own potential and the opportunities awaiting them. Once this has been developed, they are able to develop feelings of independence. And that's a great feeling.

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