While addiction knows no bounds, there’s a certain group who are more likely to fall victim to this disease: young adults. While experimenting with drugs and alcohol often becomes an issue during early teenage years, this behavior – if left unchecked – can cement lasting problems into young adulthood and beyond. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “youth transitioning into adulthood have some of the highest rates of alcohol and substance abuse.”
To back this up, SAMHSA points to statistics that show 28.5 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 20 had been engaged in “binge drinking” before. That figure skyrockets to 43.3 percent for those between the ages of 21 and 25. While it’s perfectly legal for the latter group, such behavior can quickly spiral out of control and need nothing less than luxury drug treatment centers to provide life-saving services. In this article, we will explore additional risk factors for those edging into young adulthood so friends, family and loved ones know which signs of trouble to look out for.
Many would agree that substance abuse in later teenage years could lead to similar behavior come college and beyond. Again from SAMHSA: “An estimated 1.3 million U.S. adolescents ages 12 to 17 had a substance use disorder in 2014.” That’s 5 percent of U.S. adolescents, and many parents of a 12-year-old who is drinking alcohol or experimenting with drugs would be rightly concerned to discover this. Should they seek out luxury drug treatment centers to nip this behavior in the bud before it develops into a larger problem, the amenities that await could also help address the mental or emotional issues that may have spurred the substance abuse in the first place. Outpatient programs, for example, could be perfectly suited for those who have “only used a substance for a short period of time,” according to DreamLife Recovery.
Unfortunately, some signs of use and abuse go on under the radar and the problem is only addressed when it was morphed into a full-blown addiction. According to results of the 2017 “Monitoring the Future College Students and Young Adults Survey,” well over half of college-aged students reported drinking alcohol in the past month. On its face, that could appear normal given the age and newfound freedom that these individuals have. What the study goes on to say is that rates of marijuana use has remained the same or increased while alcohol has “continued its long-term decline, reaching historic lows in the life of the study.” As luxury drug treatment centers like DreamLife Recovery will readily tell patients, their parents and/or guardians, swapping one substance for another isn’t the answer. It’s problematic behavior and it could ruin a life if not addressed by medical professionals staffing rehabilitation centers.