Young Adults (people ages 18 to 24) face unique challenges when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction. Substance use is often dismissed as “experimentation” in this “college-age” group. However, people in this phase of life can be especially susceptible to addiction.
Because young adults’ physiology is still developing, they are affected differently by drugs and alcohol than more mature adults. Substance Abuse rates have been steadily increasing among this population, especially for highly addictive drugs like prescription opioids, anti-anxiety medications like Xanax, and prescription stimulants like Adderall.
We developed a Young Adult Addiction Treatment Program because we recognize the unique experiences that come with addiction during this age.
Addiction takes many forms across many different demographics. Substance Abuse may be overlooked in young adults because they may not have the same reasons to get sober as older people. Because many Young Adults are not as well established as older adults, they may not have the same consequences for their substance abuse.
When older adults delve too deeply into addiction, they often get pushback from their spouse, employer, or peer group. This pushback can lead to consequences that cause an addicted individual to seek treatment. Young Adults may not face these same consequences. They may be enabled by their peer group and addiction may become normalized and even encouraged within their peer group.
Sometimes medical problems are the impetus for older adults to receive addiction treatment. Years of substance abuse can lead to the development of medical issues with the heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, or kidneys. If an older adult has a health scare caused by the malfunction of one of their organs, they may be forced to address their addiction and enter into addiction treatment.
Because young bodies are typically more resilient, these physical effects may be overlooked or remain in their preliminary stages. Without the “wake-up call” of a serious health issue, young adults may be under the impression that their drug or alcohol use is not harming them.
The lifestyle lived by many young adults can enable drug and alcohol addiction to flourish. Many young adults find themselves living on their own, without parental supervision, for the first time in their lives. There is a certain degree of rebellion that can accompany this freedom. Young adults may find themselves breaking rules established by their parents as an exercise of their autonomy. This can lead to over-indulging in illicit drugs and binge drinking.
Young Adults may also struggle to acclimate to a new and unusual schedule after graduating from High School. Without the rigorous schedule of classes and athletics, they may find themselves bored and struggling to fill up their free time. The stress of juggling college courses and employment may also lead them to look for escape in mood-altering substances.
New Method Wellness is a premier dual diagnosis addiction treatment center dually accredited by The Joint Commission and CARF International. It has been singled out as one of the best drug and alcohol rehab centers in America, offering a unique 3:1 staff-to-client ratio that pairs every client with two therapists instead of one.
At New Method Wellness, we add another dimension to dual diagnosis treatment, and that is the integration of holistic therapy, such as massage/acupuncture therapy, equine therapy, and art therapy. As addiction therapists and substance abuse counselors work with clients to treat the substance use disorder and the co-occurring illness associated with it, holistic therapy adds meaning to life after treatment and sustains long-term recovery. Our 3:1 staff-to-client ratio ensures client success after treatment, as evidenced by our Extended Aftercare program.
For more information about New Method Wellness’s young adult recovery program, call 866-951-1824!
Deanna Crosby is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with over 20 years of experience working with clients in recovery. Her expertise has catapulted her into the spotlight. Featured on several episodes of the Dr. Phil Show as a mental health expert, DeAnna is a routine contributor for NBC News, The Huffington Post, Elle Magazine, MSN, Fox News, Yahoo, Glamour, Today, and several other prominent media outlets.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of California in Irvine, Crosby did postgraduate work at Centaur University where she graduated at the top of her class with a CAADAC certification in Centaur’s chemical dependency program. Following her time at Centaur, Crosby received her Master of Counseling Psychology degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she also attained a Doctoral Degree in Depth Psychology.
From all of us at New Method Wellness co-occurring treatment center, we wish you peace and serenity in knowing that you or your loved one will get the necessary help.