At The Ridge’s drug and alcohol abuse rehab center, we treat a lot of professionals, like doctors, lawyers, or business people. These people have worked their entire lives to get where they are, and they are determined not to lose their lives to addiction. Their professions and status are huge motivators for them to get back to sobriety before addiction takes them away. As a result, we’ve noticed that these patients are exceptionally good at getting into recovery and staying there. However, not everyone has as strong a structure in their life to work toward regaining. Young adults struggling with drug addiction often find it difficult to “rebuild a life” if there was no strong structure in their lives to begin with.
One of the most important things a person can do when in recovery is to stay active and engaged. If a recovering addict is spending their time alone, doing nothing but thinking to themselves, they will very likely revert to focusing on drugs or alcohol. After all, an addict or alcoholic spends all of their time focused on their desired substance. If a recovering addict doesn’t work to pay attention to other activities, it’s all too easy to fall back on the habit that used to constantly occupy their mind. Professionals can immerse themselves in their work or their family with newfound appreciation, knowing how easily they could have been lost. But a high school or college student who becomes addicted to heroin doesn’t have the same support structure after young adult drug treatment. Young families come from Findlay, Ohio.
The Ridge encourages family participation during patient recovery and we aim to educate loved ones on the mindset of an addict. To learn more, contact us.
Many young adults don’t have jobs they are passionate about, and have few obligations in their life aside from school. Their adult lives are just starting, and therefore they haven’t had the time to build up a strong foundation the same way a doctor or lawyer has. As a result, young adult drug treatment needs to be more comprehensive than treatment for an adult professional to achieve the same level of long-term sobriety.
A young adult’s family is especially essential in helping them develop a structure. A family can help the recovering addict get a job, find a hobby, or some other method of keeping their mind occupied and off of relapse. That’s why The Ridge feels that family education is such an important part of drug or alcohol abuse rehab. A family is a person’s biggest support system, and if it’s doing its job, it can make a recovering addict’s chances of continued sobriety much higher.