Since younger adults relapse on drugs and alcohol more frequently, how can they improve their success following a stay at an inpatient addiction treatment center?


Substance abuse seems to be on the rise, particularly for the younger adult population. Millennials, including those who have begun successful careers, often find themselves suffering from drug addiction. Fortunately, many of these young (or younger adults) find their way into inpatient addiction treatment centers, with the help of family, friends, employers or self-will.

Recovery from substance abuse and other addictions, particularly with this population, has the great potential to be successful. Unfortunately, the possibility of relapse after inpatient addiction treatment is not all that uncommon. The work required while in residential treatment center is intense and extremely focused on the cause(s) of the substance abuse, the desire to recover from it, the steps to achieve the recovery and the ways in which to lead a sober life after leaving the facility. Some of these programs last for weeks (28-day stays are often the norm), while others suggest the stay last longer (60-90 days, or longer).

Unfortunately, many of these younger adults leave a sober inpatient/residential recovery community, or traditional drug rehab environment, feeling otherwise healthy, happy, and “clean,” but do not follow their stays with healthy and proactive habits once they return to their “regular” lives. In order to avoid what could become a vicious circle of relapse, rehab, and essentially starting over in recovery, there are several “post-treatment” opportunities that are generally suggested by the rehab program to the substance abuser to avoid relapse.

  • Ongoing support by the community, once thought to be friends, family and co-workers, should certainly be sought out, but will most likely not be sufficient to maintain sobriety. That’s the primary reason that treatment centers as well as people in recovery URGE attendance at 12-Step Meetings. Hearing the stories of those who have “walked in the drug addict’s shoes” is a tremendous inspiration to stay sober. Additionally, having a sponsor to guide one through the 12 Steps, as well as being available when sobriety feels shaky for instance, has helped millions of drug addicts and alcoholics maintain their equilibrium through difficult times.
  • Socializing personally with people in recovery also seems to be extremely helpful. There ARE ways to enjoy life without drugs or alcohol; the important thing is to find people who live that life.
  • For those who find life skills a challenge, life coaches (sometimes referred to as sober or recovery coaches) are available in almost all communities in the country. They can help with mundane every day tasks, such as budgeting, help in preparing to seek employment, help in reintegrating with family and friends, etc. Private and group therapy (in addition to Twelve Step Programs) also may be helpful to avoid relapse for those in early recovery.
  • Parents, spouses and children can and should be an integral part of recovery. Twelve Step Programs are available for them as well. Most likely, the therapists and other staff at the inpatient facility will have mentioned such programs.
  • Honesty and integrity are words and concepts which have been missing from the drug addict’s life for as long as he or she has been using. These are concepts that must be reincorporated into the young(er) adult’s life on a consistent, on-going basis for the remainder of his or her life, and a short stay in a residential or inpatient drug rehab center is nowhere near sufficient when it comes to this type of reintegration.
  • Ongoing therapy and/or outpatient treatment is almost always an excellent idea, and more so for those of whom have been previously diagnosed as being dual-diagnosis, also referred to a having co-occurring disorders..

Recovering from drug or alcohol addiction is a process, sometimes a long process, and for young adults this can be extra challenging since patience, consistency and contrary action do not typically come easy to this population. Here at Arizona Addiction Recovery Center we recognized this reality and it is exactly what we specialize in!

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