Why Age-Specific Addiction Treatment Is a Good Idea

 

There is more than one path to recovery. Some people respond better to one type of treatment than to others. A treatment plan that is customized to meet a client’s needs is ideal for helping that individual succeed in long-term recovery, and high-quality addiction treatment centers offer a variety of therapy types.

Personalized care is important to high-quality addiction treatment, and grouping clients by age also tends to improve treatment outcomes, for many reasons. Similar age groups often share similar experiences and have similar needs. By participating in age-specific addiction treatment, clients reach their goal of long-term sobriety both individually and as a group.

Some addiction treatment centers, such as Recovery In Tune, provide group sessions for clients of the same age.1 Addiction treatment specialists can often fine-tune their focus when meeting with clients within the same age group. Each person has different needs that must be addressed within individualized counseling sessions, but group therapy that features a strong focus can be more meaningful to participants.

A session that discusses parenting responsibilities and recovery might not resonate with teens or young adults. For them, a topic such as how to cope with dysfunctional homes or how to deal with peer pressure might have more practical use for their lives and their recovery journey.

Building a Sense of Community

One of the things that frequently comes up in addiction treatment sessions for younger adults is the need to end unhealthy relationships and avoid risky social scenes. One of the most difficult things for young people in recovery is leaving their social circles behind and venturing off on their own without their former friends and, often, without much support for their recovery.1

Age-specific addiction treatment isn’t necessarily designed for those who are in treatment to make new friends, but it does have the potential to provide them with a type of support they will not have elsewhere. Recovery In Tune therapists are adept at building a sense of community into their group sessions. Therapists are there to help each client, but participants wind up helping each other by sharing similar experiences and promoting trust among this new community of peers.

Relapse Prevention

Giving clients the skills to prevent relapse is a primary objective of addiction treatment. It’s often helpful for therapists to focus on a single age group in order to incorporate relapse prevention strategies that are the most beneficial for that demographic.

One way to prevent relapse is to learn to cope with negative emotions in healthy ways. Therapists who work with young adults often find that anger and stress are emotions that these individuals need help to cope with—and help coping within the context of living at home, living with a roommate, working at an entry-level job or trying to complete a college degree. Specific strategies that address these situations are going to be most helpful for that demographic.

If you are a young adult or the parent of a twenty-something who is suffering with an addiction to alcohol or drugs, age-specific addiction treatment available at Recovery In Tune can help. Call today to learn more about what we can do for you and your family.


References:

  1. https://www.samhsa.gov/specific-populations
  2. https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/treatment/what-to-do-if-your-teen-or-young-adult-has-problem-drugs
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