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An Inside Look at What to Work on In Young Adult Drug Treatment



Individual Identity

At this developmentally specific stage of life, young adults should already know things that are certain about who they are, but should still ask themselves to deconstruct some ideas and make sure those aspects fits with a lifestyle.  Establishing an identity that feels good and is actually true to an internal self takes a lifetime of experience, but there are areas and passions ready feel to start looking in young adult rehab.  A program might ask that clients set some goals regarding finding and knowing their identity, passions and exploring themselves in relation to the world.


Develop Life Skills

From study skills for school, or figuring out finances, to creating a resume and the best way to apply and interview for a job, “life Skills” are kind of the nuts and bolts of navigating through daily life. Not everyone needs exactly the same approach in residential drug treatment, so at this point, drug rehab programs tend to individualize goals


Developing overall “Life Competence”

BODY (The healthy physical realm), MIND (The pursuit and understanding of intellect, cognition and the process of thought), SPIRIT (Individual, Peer and Community integration leads to being good at being alive.)  When talking about life competence, recovery does not end with a short stay in a young adult residential treatment – “no worries from here on in” – it is a kind of conscious competence. This is a phase of life where changes have been made and clients are changed people but still have to monitor and watch how to live; it’s not yet second nature.  There is a new freedom and a way of knowing what to do. There is an ability to locate and use new emotional coping skills, relation skills and what are called pro-social ways of living, but as a community, it takes daily focus.


Developing a “launching plan” (not just for work, school, or aftercare)

Think beyond just aftercare – yes - plan to have a set meeting schedule, or therapy appointments or family agreements in place – the nuts and bolts of  “daily maintenance”~  but because clients have learned to stay in the moment, and not sabotage the day, they can look to plan tomorrows and set some goals. Think beyond the immediate. What would give life an even greater meaning?  Realize that because of what clients have lived and gone through in addiction rehab they are better and actually ahead of people who never experienced what they did. They are exponentially valued because of it.


Pay it forward

Do for others – So - figure out a way to have the new changes made make a mark on the world – blankets for the homeless, raising funds for micro-loans to impoverished nations, reading to kids – Identity will be key to what you decide to do!