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Substance Abuse in Young Adults - When Rehab is Necessary

When is rehab needed for young adults?

Our teenage and young adult years are a time of great growth. We are becoming adults and learning about how we fit in the world. We are starting to look at future careers and finding people we enjoy spending time. Some even look to start a family.

For many young adults, it is also a time to experiment with drugs or alcohol. It could come at a party or through friends. Many will do it recreationally and stop after one time seeing it is not for them. For others, it becomes a weekend activity and doesn’t disrupt their regular responsibilities.

For a portion, sadly, alcohol and drugs start to take over their life. It is all they think about and the next high is their life’s drive. It is then it becomes a substance use disorder or alcoholism. That is when they need help. They have to break the cycle of addiction and need rehab.

While the thought of rehab can be scary, it doesn’t have to be. It is a place where people want to help you learn the tools needed to stay sober and start the lifelong journey of recovery. You can get started on that path today!

Substance Use By The Numbers

A whopping 29% of young adults admitted to drinking in the last 30 days, according to a federal survey. A scary 14% percent of teens admitted to binge drinking and 17% said they got in a car with a driver who had been drinking.

Many young adults admit to trying alcohol in recent days but remember it’s not all of them. So don’t think it’s weird or normal to pass if someone offers you a drink. In fact, most young adults do just that!

Roughly 15% of high school students admitted to using illicit drugs, and 14% said they misused prescription opioids. Those numbers are higher than most would like to see, but remember the majority aren’t using drugs as well.

When Is Rehab Needed?

When substance use starts to impact a person’s health or their responsibilities, such as those at home or school, they develop a substance use disorder. It is a disease that can impact a person from any walk of life. So don’t feel you are alone! In fact, 5.1 million adults admitted to having a substance use disorder.

Sadly, 87% with a disorder went untreated. You don’t have to be part of that group and can get the help you need.

Rehab is a safe environment where teens and young adults can learn what led them to turn to substances and any underlying causes. There is inpatient rehab, which is when a patient lives at the facility and receive round-the-clock care. There is also outpatient care, where they get help but return home at the end of the day.

Both offer therapy and counseling in group and individual sessions to help address alcohol or drug use in young adults. Then they work with the client to develop skills to stay sober in the traditional world.

Rehab is just one step on the road to recovery, but a necessary one.

Reach Out To Us Today

If you suffer from a drug or alcohol use disorder, reach out to our caring staff at Momentum today to get the help you need. It’s not a failure and just reading this is a major step to getting control of your life. Take steps to break the cycle of addiction and live your best life!