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Drug Addiction Treatment for Young Adults

Posted on :  January 9th, 2017  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Experimenting with drugs is nothing new with adolescents and young adults. Perhaps even our parents at one time even went down the same path of experimentation. Should this be something that we must be concerned about or can we chalk this up as a passing phase? Unfortunately, not! Drug use in young adults is something that must be taken seriously, otherwise, the addiction may be difficult to treat.

The Statistics

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), as many as 50% of senior high schools have abused illegal drugs and another 20% have tried prescription drug for recreation or other non-medicinal purpose.

In a 2014 report, the incidence of drug use among 8th graders was placed at 20.3%, 37.4% for 10th graders, and for 12th graders 49.1% became drug abusers. For college students, the rate of drug abuse was 36%. The incidence was twice as much for college-age young adults who were not attending school. Among the psychoactive substances abused by teenagers, marijuana was at the top of the list according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Experts believe that the risk-taking behavior and level of experimentation among young adults can be attributed to the fact that the regions of the brain (including the prefrontal cortex) controlling willpower, impulse control, and wise decision making are not yet that developed.

Identifying Drug Abuse

How can you know if your young adult or teen has problems with drug abuse? The reality is that abuse and addiction can happen at any stage of our life. However, the problem can normally start while the person is still young. When this dependence and abuse is not curbed, the consequences can be very harmful.

Luckily, there are some signs that will help you catch the possible problem early on. For example, suddenly becoming withdrawn, depressed, hostile, or frequently tired can be indicators. Being on the lookout for these signs and the ability to distinguish them from normal puberty patterns can be crucial. Here are other identifying signs of drug abuse:

  • Change of peer groups;
  • Lack of grooming;
  • Dip in academic performance;
  • Skipping classes or school;
  • No longer interested in favorite activities;
  • Problems with authority;
  • Switch in eating and sleeping habits; and
  • Deterioration of relationships.


Stopping on Their Own

Why is it difficult for some young adults to stop using drugs on their own? With the abuse happening at a stage when the brain is not yet fully developed, the possibility of addiction becomes higher. It is important to understand that repeated drug use will change the brain.

Some brain imaging studies done on people with drug problems reveal significant changes in the areas of the brain that have to do with learning, memory, decision making, judgment, and behavior control. This is perhaps one of the reasons while young adults find it difficult to quit on their own.

Obviously it would take a lot of courage to help young adults with drug problems. The good news is that there are treatments that work and help young adults recover to live a fruitful life. It will take a lot of time and patience to counteract the disruption of normal brain functions and behavior, but, it can be done.

Helping Young Adults

Where do we start? The most important first step to take is to ask for professional help. Bring the young adult to professionals the moment you notice the signs of drug abuse and addiction. Ask for advice and if possible, screening for drug use with the help of assessment tools.

Going to the appropriate treatment provider becomes the critical step after the assessment. There are many treatment centers, but not all can be trained or have the proper therapy to deal with young adults. You can check with associations like the American Society of Addiction Medicine to look for competent treatment centers.

Better yet, you can take advantage of the comprehensive assessment and treatment plan used by Towards Recovery Clinics Inc. Call today to help treat young adults of their drug addiction.

Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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