Post written by Sara.
The teenage years are often about rebellion and experimenting. Once they reach that point of being a young adult, they may already have a problem with drugs and/or alcohol.
There are a lot of things that parents probably don’t realize about their older kids and addictive substances. For one, your babies are now adults and it’s hard to keep an eye on them all the time and they are at that point of making their own decisions in life.
Hopefully, your young adult is making the right decisions when it comes to life choice. But many are not.
A Look At The Statistics
Teens and young adults use of drugs and alcohol could be considered on the rise. According to one study, there has been a decrease in use of tranquilizer and sedative use of non-medical drugs in high school seniors, but an increase in use of opiates and amphetamines.
While it seems many teens get their pills from friends or family, whether they buy them or just take them, there has been an increase in young adults purchasing these meds online, even without a prescription.
In 2012, a study showed that of the 35.6 million young adults, ranging from ages 18 to 25, one-third of them had binge drank at some point in the past month and one-fifth of them had admitted to drug use in that time period as well.
The Possibility Of Recovery
While teens experimenting with drugs is one thing, there are areas of the world where it is just normal for teenagers to drink and abuse drugs. Larger cities likely see more of a prevalence of this.
There is help, if your young adult realizes that they need it. You can stage an intervention, but that doesn’t always work. They need to want to get better and get away from the drugs and alcohol.
In order to do that there are a few treatments options, and depending on where they are at in their addiction it could start with detox. Most addiction recovery systems cover two areas, behavioral therapy and pharmacological therapy.
Through young adult recovery programs, young adults will receive treatment that is not only specific to their addiction, but their age as well. Like most major recovery systems, they will go through a 12-step program and learn to live life without the substance that they’ve relied so much on.
Recovery is possible, and some young adults can recover 100 percent with treatment, if they want to better themselves and if they have the support they need to make the life changes they must.
Recovery can do a lot for an addict, but in the end it is all about whether or not they want to be better. There is no brainwashing used in recovery that suddenly makes them never want to drink or do drugs again.
Recovery can mean letting go of friends, and even family, that are influencers and would lead the recovered addict right back down the wrong path. It won’t be an easy path to recovery, but to someone that is dedicated to saving their life it can happen.