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Young Adult Substance Abuse Treatment

While drug abuse poses a serious health risk to all age groups, it is especially risky for teenagers and young adults to become addicted. Since their brains are still developing, young adults are more susceptible to neurological damage caused by chemical dependency.

Consider these National Institute on Drug Abuse 2014 statistics: By the time students are seniors in high school, nearly 70 percent of them will have consumed alcohol. Fifty percent will have taken illegal drugs, and over 20 percent will have used prescription medication for nonmedical reasons. Even casual contact with drugs can progress into a disabling addiction at some point in an 18 to 26-year-old’s life, whether the drug of choice is marijuana, opiates, steroids, or inhalants.

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Heroin & Opiate Use

Young addicts may begin using marijuana or alcohol, but they often graduate to more addictive substances like opiates. Heroin, morphine, and other opiates are made from the pod of a poppy flower. Typically injected, they slow down the nervous system and cause pleasure, pain relief, and drowsiness. Unfortunately, a host of other adverse effects come with these feelings of wellbeing, including dry mouth, decrease heart rate, confusion, slowed speech, and nausea. When opiates are cut with impure or even poisonous substances, the risk of overdose or fatal consequences increases significantly.

Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription drug addiction is especially high among young adults, as well. According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Americans ages 15 to 27 are responsible for the majority of nonmedical prescription drug use. Using stimulants to help them study, pain relievers to get high or escape reality, and anti-anxiety drugs to calm down, adolescents are self-medicating at record rates.

Addiction Treatment Essentials for Young Adults

The most successful treatment for young adult drug abuse is early intervention. As adolescents become more deeply involved in drugs, they are no longer in control of their thoughts and actions. Accessing the next high becomes their sole purpose, while school, family, health, and friendships take a backseat. Addicted young adults are also more likely to steal and commit other crimes as part of their drug-seeking lifestyle. When families, schools, and communities are vigilant about early intervention, mentoring, and disease education, teens can turn their lifestyle around before addiction becomes a way of life.

Drug Abuse Rehab in California at Hope Academy

No matter how severe your addiction, Hope Academy's substance abuse rehab in California can help. Our team of therapists and credentialed addiction specialists help you attain sobriety and thrive in your adult years. Interested young adults receive life skills training and customized aftercare to optimize chances of sobriety success. For information about our drug recovery programs or to begin the admissions process for you or a loved one, call or email our team today.

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