The Journey to Sobriety

The idea of a life-long recovery can be threatening.
Particularly for young people in addiction, the idea of walking through multiple stages in order to reach sobriety is daunting.

From teens to young adult addicts, the fear and desperate depression that can be associated with the thought of a permanent state of being can even lead to thoughts of suicide, or attempts to self-harm.  It is critically important that those around the young addict form enough of a support net to get the treatment needed because this is truly a horrifying and life-changing time for an addict in their early development years.

Generally, for the young adult or teen who is exhibiting behaviors associated with addiction, the family or school is the first to note the change in behaviors and personality traits.  The intervention process, which brings the addict to an understanding of their behavior and asks them to consider change for the benefit of those around them, is something that can best be facilitated by a trained professional.  If the addict is able to properly respond to the intervention, the chance of recovery treatment having long term success is higher.

Following the intervention, many young people enter in-patient treatment.  This type of program has a higher success rate for all addicts in recovery, but in particular can be important in the teen or young adult’s treatment.  So much of the young person’s life in school is dictated by forces that seem outside their control that being removed from the people, places and situations that may have facilitated addiction in the first place is very beneficial to the psychological and physical recovery.

There are a large variety of programs in existence, and it is important that the program be specially geared toward the young people it’s treating.  The therapist’s, groups, and activities need to be engaging to a young person, and offer a meaningful peer group.  When a young person enters a treatment facility that is primarily populated by addicts in their forties, can be a limited point of relationship.  The group bonding that a person can experience as they re-socialize during recovery is not going to be as meaningful or useful in the long term, and the perspectives shared are not going to make enough sense to the young person that true empathy can develop.  Since the relationships of recovery, the process of re-socialization, and learning how to develop healthy and comfortable boundaries are a significant part of the recovery process and seemingly predict the ability of the recovered addict to stay sober after treatment, this “fit” is extremely important.

Additionally, it is critical for a program to be built around the strengths and limitations of the young people its serving.  For a group of young men who are in treatment, the best results are going to be found in experiential learning and an all-male environment where it is safe to share.  The pride and self-deception of addiction must be stripped away during recovery in a secure environment in order for recovery to succeed.

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State: Montana
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