Younger Adult Program
Although the treatment community has made great strides in improving treatment by adopting a more individualized approach, most treatment programs are designed for men and women over the age of 18. But when you compare the lifestyle of a 25-year-old to the lifestyle of someone over 50, the differences are stark.
Treating such a vast population isn’t nearly as effective as taking a more targeted approach. Since addiction affects everyone differently, specialized programming that meets individual needs, age included, isn’t just an amenity–it’s a necessity.
Guardian IOP’s Younger Adult Program is designed to help adults under the age of 40 recover from substance use disorder through a combination of therapies that best suit their needs.
A Comprehensive, Caring Approach
There is strength in community, especially when that community is comprised of people who share similar life experiences and perspectives. Those in treatment achieve optimal results by participating in group sessions among peers of similar age to whom they can more easily relate.
Younger adulthood is a time where people feel immense pressure to seamlessly transition into adulthood, take on more adult responsibilities, and be independent and successful.
They may be in their early 20s, single and financially supported by their parents; or in their 30s with a partner and young children. They may be preparing to transition into a new career or education after treatment. Many are hindered by mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression and trauma, which are only exacerbated by substance abuse.
Treatment at Guardian IOP focuses on addressing co-occurring mental health disorders and the underlying causes of addiction and replacing negative thought patterns with more positive, healthier self-talk–all in the company of people who share similar life experiences.
Specialized Care That Addresses Generational Differences
Younger people experience addiction differently than those ages 40 and up. When substances are used to escape from responsibilities, emotions and other stressors, it leads younger adults on a path toward low self-worth and poor influences from a negative peer group.
During young adulthood, many experience “failure to launch” syndrome, a term that describes the difficulty young adults face when they fail to smoothly transition into the next stage of life, which involves much more independence and responsibility. When substance abuse and its negative consequences are added to the mix, it can further stunt a younger adult’s ability to take the reins and make a successful transition into adulthood.
Additionally, younger adults need help planning for their life after treatment, which includes not only treatment, but getting help putting together a resume and finding a new job, or continuing their education.
Components of Younger Adult Treatment
Using substances as a younger adult, especially during the formative years, can stunt an individual’s ability to manage emotions and communicate effectively. Prolonged substance use can send younger adults into a destructive cycle of bad decision-making, impulsivity and unhealthy behavior.
A practical approach to therapy needs to address these consequences of addiction, as well as the underlying causes of addiction. Guardian IOP’s highly experienced staff excels in creating multidisciplinary treatment plans tailored to each client that address not just addiction, but self-esteem, relationships and communication. We use a variety of evidence-based therapies that help younger adults identify and manage the underlying causes of addiction, including:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Individual and group therapy
- Family therapy
Our goal is to address failure to launch issues by equipping younger adults with the life skills they need to lead productive, successful, fulfilling lives after treatment. The therapeutic modalities we employ help clients find their identity and independence, manage and process emotions, and prepare for their next role after treatment, whether that’s finding employment or continuing their education.
Reclaim Your Life
Addiction doesn’t happen the same way for everyone, and the same can be said for treatment. At Guardian IOP, clients participate in a combination of evidence-based and holistic therapies, including age-specific programming, which equips them with the skills necessary to reclaim their lives. If you or someone you love is struggling with chemical dependency, Guardian IOP can help. Contact a Recovery Specialist at 855.517.1871 to learn more about our treatment programs.