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  1. Tailoring Treatment For College Students

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    College students will always be partiers, and there will always be a fraction of them who develop problems with the party drugs. Not only are college students more likely to suffer from addiction than most demographics—they’re less likely to seek help. Many believe they don’t have a problem at all, because to them, in their environment, the behavior seems relatively normal.

     

    College student treatment barriers

     

    Many high-success addiction treatment programs are engineered specifically for young adults, many of whom are college students. These clinics and their staff do their best to accommodate their patients’ busy, often stressful lives, but there are still a number of obstacles that patients and their families may have to overcome, such as:

    •    Denial
    •    Lack of health insurance
    •    Highcost
    •    Heavy class load
    •    Treatment-stigma
    •    Easy access to drugs or alcohol
    •    Prior failed treatment (distrust)

     

    Important Skills Learned

     

    Being flexible — Treatment itself is demanding, but its aim is to improve your life and productivity, not to take away from it. Recovery programs are flexible to begin with, but none more so than those targeted toward youth.

     

    Positive support systems —  Establishing a long-term support system outside the clinic is just as important as rehab. Full-blown relapse isn’t a guarantee for everyone in recovery, but most everyone slips eventually, and they need someone to grab their hand.

     

    On-campus support — Far too few students take advantage of, or even know about, all the sober-minded organizations and activities at their college. Almost every university has sober dorms, sober clubs, etc.

     

    Outpatient Vs Inpatient

    Naturally, most students would prefer to detox and go home to continue their normal daily lives. However, inpatient treatment is sometimes necessary, even if it’s a massive burden. Serious addictions don’t just go away once the drugs are out of the bodily system; they linger on inside the brain.

    Some colleges may be willing to make special adjustments for students who require inpatient addiction treatment. There’s also partial inpatient treatment. Like regular outpatient services, partial treatment allows patients time outside the clinic, but it also demands much more time and participation inside.

    For help with addiction, call (949) 637-5499

  2. The Importance of Aftercare in Recovery

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    By some measures, more than half of all alcoholics and drug addicts who have completed a standard 28-day course of detox and rehab will experience one or more relapses within twelve months after they have completed that course. The hold that addictive substances can gain on a person is so strong that even memories of the physical pain and discomfort of withdrawal are insufficient to keep addicts away from abused substances. Because of that hold and the high risk of relapse, aftercare is a crucial part of every alcoholic’s and drug addict’s long-term recovery and path to genuine sobriety.

    “Aftercare Life”
    An alcoholic or addict will never “recover” from his addictions, and those addictions can plague him throughout his life, even if he has stayed away from drugs or alcohol for a period of several years. Aftercare and constant vigilance are critical to avoid relapses, particularly in the first twelve months after the initial rehab. A substance abuser will often exit a rehab facility feeling full of energy and resolve to stay away from drugs or alcohol, but then reality begins to affect him. He may be fraternizing with the same people or visiting the same environs that led initially him to drug or alcohol abuse. Family or employment stresses can lead him to seek the fleeting comfort of drugs or alcohol. He may simply feel bored with his newly-sober lifestyle and seek excitement and relief from boredom with abused substances. These external temptations will not disappear, and a substance abuser will benefit from regular aftercare assistance to handle them.

    “Aftercare Treatment”
    Twelve-step recovery programs and other support groups are one of the common aftercare techniques to keep recovering addicts and alcoholics away from abused substances. Recovering addicts find comfort and support in these groups from other persons who understand the allure of drugs and alcohol and who can give them third-party, objective advice on how to resist their temptations. Individual counseling and psychotherapy are also effective, particularly when a recovering addict has also experienced depression, anxiety, or other psychological problems that contributed to his addiction. No two recovering addicts are facing the same issues, and group counseling, while effective, will not address the unique or individual problems that a recovering addict may be facing. This is particularly true for younger and adolescent addicts who are experiencing identity, social, and other issues that they may not feel comfortable discussing in a group setting. Counselors and therapists can structure individualized aftercare recovery programs that address these issues while simultaneously treating other diagnostic matters.

    “Sober Living Facilities”
    Some addicts and alcoholics will also benefit from temporary living arrangements in sober living facilities after they have completed an initial course of rehab. Sober living houses allow an addict to re-establish a regular lifestyle and to develop new life skills away from the temptations that may still remain in their pre-recovery home living situations. These facilities also help recovering addicts to adopt new and regular routines that include group therapy and participation in 12-step programs. They also provide educational opportunities for recovering addicts to learn and experience new activities to fend off the inevitable boredom that they feel during their first few months of sobriety.

    Sustain Recovery Services in southern California provides rehab and aftercare recovery services for adolescents and young adults who have succumbed to drug addiction or alcoholism. Please see our website or call us at 949-407-9052 for more information about our services or to arrange a confidential consultation with one of our counselors.

The people at Sustain Recovery are truly passionate about their work. They put all their love, energy and spiritual strength in to it. They continue to support me today as I continue my ongoing journey in my personal recovery. I now have over a year of sobriety, my own apartment, a job, true friends and a support network that is always available to me. Although all that stuff is great, what matters most today is that I love myself and have the ability to love others. Thank you to all who had a hand and heart in Sustain Recovery

Jenn
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