In many ways, adults and young adults live in different worlds. In fact, young adults lack much of the freedom of choice and education adults take for granted. They’re also under unique social and biological pressures adults left behind long ago. Therefore, that is why young adult rehab isn’t exactly the same as adult rehab.

Both groups cover much of the same ground because the physical side of addiction is largely the same. What the programs can’t do is cover that ground in the same way. Therefore, let’s look at some of the benefits of young adult-specific programs.

A Young Adult Rehab Center Offers Educationyoung adult rehab benefits

Think back and consider what you understood about your body and brain as a young adult. For most young adults, the brain is fairly mysterious. However, the body is only slightly less mysterious. Even with a basic bio or health class behind them, teens and young adults often don’t understand the relationship between drugs and their bodies.

A good young adult rehab program can provide that education. By simplifying the medical jargon, the program can drive home the dangers of addiction.

Peer Connections

Young adult addiction poses special challenges because it’s often a time of strained family connections. Moreover, teens often dismiss the advice of their parents out of pure rebellion. This means young adults need other sources of support they will respect.

Substance abuse programs aimed at young adults provide opportunities for building those peer connections. Furthermore, they can talk with other sober young adults who better understand their specific stresses. Even well-meaning parents often forget that young adults are emotionally fragile. Therefore, in this day of social networking, others can often exploit those vulnerabilities in ways parents won’t recognize.

As young adults move back into their day-to-day world, they can lean on those peer connections to help them navigate difficult days.

Holistic Therapies

Young adults often lack self-confidence. As a result, talk therapy is especially difficult because it puts a young adult alone in a room with an adult they can’t escape. It’s a nearly perfect recipe for making a teen shut someone out.

For example, holistic therapies and substance abuse programs put young adults into less confrontational situations, such as:

Even if the teen deals with an adult one-on-one, there is the stress breaker of the exercise or the art. In addition, it provides a way for the young adult to open up without feeling like they’re under a microscope.

Youth-Oriented Counseling

Adults exercise a lot of control over their own lives. They can change jobs or even move if they decide that’s what they want. Young adults, however, are largely at the mercy of outside forces. Most teens can’t change schools, let alone move somewhere else.

That means the pressures and challenges they face don’t mirror adult pressures and challenges. A good young adult rehab recognizes those differences. The individual counseling young adults receive will help them manage those unique pressures and challenges. Now let’s discuss the differences between young adults that are struggling with alcoholism vs. substance abuse. At Crest View, we treat each differently.

Young Adult Drug Rehab

Drug abuse carries a stigma that forces many struggling with it to hide. Many see addiction as an issue that should be dealt with quietly and secretly, as it is a personal matter that must be addressed solely by the individual involved. However, this is a misconception and an incredibly dangerous one that could cost several lives. Yes, drugs are taken by the single person, however, they impact those around them and society at large. Drug abuse is a public health issue and so recovery should be of public interest. We all need to encourage family, friends, neighbors, and strangers to pursue rehabilitation. They are important members of our community and addiction will, in some way, impact our social circles. There are treatment facilities like Crest View Recovery Center that are well-equipped to help abusers by applying a holistic approach on a case-by-case basis.

One must consider all of the roadblocks to recovery. Depending on how long or frequently an individual has consumed drugs, getting clean will be a difficult process. Cravings will lead to withdrawals that may be incredibly painful. As tolerance decreases over time, relapsing can be fatal due to the weakened state of the body during detox. There are also obstacles outside of the actual physical journey of rehabilitation. Besides the social prejudice faced by addicts, there is the additional problem of the costs associated with treatment. Many adults are able to overcome some of these setbacks. They are much more likely to have careers and so possess the funds that allow them to afford treatment. Most adults also have a stable support group around them in the form of established family connections, relationships, coworker associations, and friendships. Adulthood tends to come with a greater ability to resist social pressures rather than allow them to dictate the course of life. On an internal level, a more mature body is better able to manage the vast biological changes that occur during both detox and drug use. Thus, adults have better mental and physical faculties to deal with the long and complicated road to sobriety.

If rehabilitation is hard for grown-ups, imagine how much more intensive the process is for young adults. Drug abuse in young adults can potentially cause greater harm than in older individuals. Their brains are more prone to both substance abuse and addiction due to the fact that they are not as developed. The threat could also be greater to society as a whole. Children and teenagers generally lack the impulse control that grows with age. Considering they are increasingly participating in the community, becoming members of society, combining drug abuse with a young individual beginning to drive, for example, is worrisome. The consequences could be deadly and, in that event, how would one even punish young adults who may fall under the age to be tried as adults? All of this makes the case for why drug rehab is necessary. Crest View is the ideal rehab center since we recognize all of these particularities and understand how to treat them.

Often times people frame serious drug addiction with particular substances that are seen as more dangerous. This includes amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, and opiates amongst others. This is not ill-intentioned as many of these drugs are causing epidemics all over the country that impact people of every demographic. But this overlooks a number of other drugs that disproportionately affect young adults. Over the past decade, daily marijuana use has continued to increase and has peaked in non-college young adults to nearly three times that of university students. The most significant divide has been with daily smoking rates. Nicotine consumption is rising among young adults due to the spread in popularity of hookahs and e-vaporizers that can be easily purchased

Young Adult Alcohol Rehab

In most states, the legal age to drink is twenty-one. Most young adults, however, have had their first taste of alcohol at a much younger age. The majority of high school seniors have drunk alcohol in the past month. The fact that their brains are less developed and more susceptible to addiction, coupled with how easily alcohol can be obtained, makes it a highly potent danger to addicts, their loved ones, and the people around them. Crest View has found that alcohol addiction and abuse costs the United States about $249 billion dollars every year and so it is a problem that cannot be ignored.

Alcohol has become widespread in our culture. It is referenced in movies, television shows, and music. It is much more available than drugs to be purchased in grocery stores, liquor shops, gas stations, restaurants, and has even started to pop-up in places that young adults frequent like movie theaters. People also see alcohol now as an important part of meals. Obtaining a fake identification card allows for the legal barrier to be removed without much effort. Clearly, while the stigma does discourage some people from using drugs, such strong bias does not exist against alcohol.

Alcohol abuse is a chronic disease and often an addict’s life will center around their next drink. If a young adult begins drinking before the age of 15, they are much more likely to abuse. In fact, one-fifth of all teens are labeled problem drinkers. This habit can lead to them having run-ins with the law, especially in regards to driving while intoxicated, or engaging in risky behaviors that could have long-term ramifications. Usually, alcohol abuse starts with social drinking and young adults often find themselves in situations where alcohol becomes a social lubricant. The more a young person becomes accustomed to drinking at gatherings, events, and parties; the less likely they are to pinpoint when casual drinking has turned into a full-blown addiction.

Crest View is a proper rehab center for young adults because we understand how fragile they can be when it comes to recovering from addiction. We understand that less developed bodies are likely to experience much more painful and potentially fatal withdrawal symptoms, especially due to the speed at which young people may start to feel cravings for alcohol. We also are aware of the emotional support they need and provide around-the-clock tender care and access to licensed medical professionals.

Young Adult Rehab At Crest View Recovery Center

CVRC operates in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. In fact, we offer rehab programs for most major addictions, including alcohol, opioids, meth, and prescription drugs.

Recovery at any age is difficult, but it’s also manageable with help. A good rehab program can help you navigate from addiction to the life you want. Contact Crest View at 866.327.2505 and we’ll help you find your way.

Article Reviewed by Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCSPatrice has over 30 years experience working in social work and mental health/substance abuse counseling. She received her Master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked in a variety of settings, including community-based outpatient, hospital and classroom settings. Patrice specializes in substance abuse treatment, trauma and women’s issues.