The drug of choice can play a significant role in whether or not drug rehab will be successful, as will the comprehensive nature of treatment, length of stay in drug rehab, the drive of the individual, and dedicated support of the family.
For young adults who are age 18 and under — in some cases, under the age of 20 — there are specialized drug addiction treatment programs that cater to their needs specifically. For example, they might offer academic support so that they don’t fall behind at school or work closely with parents to assist in rebuilding positive relationships at home.
For many young adults who struggle with substance abuse, however, the best choice is admission to a drug rehab program that has treatment services that meet their needs. The same is true for older adults as well, and the benefit to younger adults in attending treatment with a mixed age group is that they get to see firsthand how continued relapse and addiction can negatively impact a life.
It can be motivating to see how many different ways that ongoing addiction can detract from one’s quality of life up close and in person, and to use that as an incentive to stick to the program and do the work.
There are drug rehabs that are designed for specific populations, but there are few to no addiction treatment programs designed for young adults between the ages of 19 and 25 specifically. There are, however, a great many support groups, one-off therapies, and other complementary treatment options that may appeal to this age group more than most or are designed specifically for this age group.
Though a weekly therapy session or support group is not enough to help a young adult stop using all substances safely for the long term, they can be an incredibly powerful addition to your loved one’s life after treatment.
Any therapeutic component that contributes to your loved one’s ability to build a strong and supportive community of peers who are also working to stay sober is beneficial to long-term sobriety.
Yes and no. There is no special treatment given to someone based on age alone. On the other hand, all treatment plans should be highly personalized, meaning that every single client should have access to:
According to some studies, younger people are more likely to relapse than their older counterparts. This may be because they have not been through a drug addiction treatment program as many times or are still in that phase of brain development where they believe themselves to be invincible. Older people tend to have higher rates of staying sober after drug rehab.
It may also be that other predictive factors of relapse fade in terms of their impact over time, or it may be more difficult for younger people to make changes that will disempower these predictive relapse factors. If your loved one is younger, and you are concerned about their risk of deadly relapse, consider how you can assist them in helping to eradicate other risk factors:
The length of time spent in active addiction plays a role as well, and many drugs of abuse indicate a longer period of drug use. For example, few injection drug users have been abusing addictive drugs for just a few months. By the time many work themselves up to needle use, they have been abusing drugs for years and in high amounts.
If a young adult is an injection drug user, this is certainly a factor that should be taken into consideration, as it is determined what type of drug rehab will be most appropriate. This will have nothing to do with age.
Finding a program that offers effective medical detox followed by long-term comprehensive therapeutic intervention and aftercare support is recommended.
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