Young Adult Rehab

Rehab for Young Adults

As Taboo as it may be to mention, there are young adults wrestling with the pain of addiction; that’s exactly why it’s so important to consider young adult rehabilitation that will suit their needs.

Not everybody is a complete stranger to the reality of drug addiction, even young people.

It’s significant to note that there’s no real formula for drug rehab – everyone’s treatment will vary. The way middle-aged individuals respond to recovery may be drastically different from the way a younger adult does. In fact, addiction recovery for them comes with its own unique set of difficulties.

Why Young Adult Rehab?

Not only will our rehab program help young adults move past their addiction, but it will also encourage a strong support system to surround them. Recovery from substance addiction is a difficult task, and it’s even more difficult when someone doesn’t have the right tools in front of them.

The last thing any young person wants to feel is alone. Isolation to them in a stage of life where they’re most vulnerable is terrifying. Having the right support system around them is half the battle; that’s what our team at Sana Lake can provide for you. Support is the foundation of empowerment, and once they feel empowered it establishes the momentum to reach new heights in their recovery process.

Our desire is for young adults to become happy and content in their lives and homes so that they can start living with purpose. We believe that service is the center of spirituality, and our goal is to serve those struggling to move past addiction so that they can recover and pursue their purpose in life.

How Do Young People Become Addicted?

When people use drugs, the chemical signals in their brain change. As a result, their thoughts, actions, and emotions change as well. There’s one center of the brain that has the largest impact overall in the development of a young person’s health and well-being. This region of the brain is known as the pleasure center.

Normally the pleasure center allows someone to enjoy food, feel love or passion, and be entertained. When dopamine rushes to the brain as a result of a high, the pleasure center is triggered. There will never be a high as strong as the first. As a result, the user feels as though they need more every time they use it. The more often a drug is used, the closer one comes to experiencing withdrawal symptoms without it. This creates a dependency on the drug and gives way to addiction. In essence, the pleasure center becomes compromised.

Among these issues are also other factors to initially becoming addicted. These factors include, but are not limited to:

  • Peer pressure
  • Stress (whether from their home or school life)
  • Depression
  • Coping with trauma

Symptoms of Addiction in Young Adults

Symptoms of addiction include the following:

  • Lack of self-care/grooming
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Lack of interest in school/extracurriculars
  • Lack of interest in friends
  • A drastic change in friend groups
  • A decline in academic performance
  • Irritability
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Symptoms of drug withdrawal which include, but are not limited to nausea, shaking, and restlessness
  • Extreme secrecy

Due in large part to a desire for belonging, drug use begins at a young age for many. This may be only a phase for some, but to others, it is a catalyst for long-term addiction. In order to combat drug addiction, you must first recognize the warning signs.

It is very common for a parent of a drug-addicted child to think that they are not doing a good job at parenting. It is imperative to remain positive. Negative emotions will not help solve any problems, let alone drug addiction. The circumstance is not your fault. The best way to approach the situation is with grace and understanding. Most young adults just want for people to understand.

Why Is It So Hard for Young Adults To Ask For Help?

Some reasons why a young adult might not ask for help is that they are either afraid, they’re in denial, or they’re depressed. Asking for help can be one of the most difficult things someone can do. Often times it takes courage, determination, and motivation. It doesn’t help that addiction is already hard to deal with.


Fear is paralyzing. It dictates our decision-making process, actions, and reactions, and often takes us places we don’t want to go psychologically. Young adults may encounter any number of fears including what their friends and family may think, a feeling of isolation, or even a fear of failure. The most important thing to do is to validate their fear. If you try to refute their fear and tells them to be courageous instead, it could leave them feeling like you don’t understand their pain.


Another reason it may be hard to ask for help is that they may be experiencing denial. This could be very hard for those that care about the young person in their life who has been afflicted. If they don’t believe there is a problem, or if they’re more likely choosing to ignore it exists, it makes it all the more difficult to find them help.


Depression could be another factor in neglecting assistance. When people are depressed, they don’t just become sad. Sadness is only a small part of it. In fact, along with sadness, there is also a lack of motivation. This can make simple tasks such as getting out of bed very difficult to accomplish. Whether they have dealt with it before their addiction, or it was brought on through withdrawal, depression is yet another barrier to young adults with addiction seeking help.

Where To Start

It can be as simple as a phone call or filling out an online form, but the best thing to do is reach out. For a young adult, living with addiction is extremely difficult, and it can even carry on into their adult lives. They may have a hard time finding belonging or even their identity. But when these young people enter our treatment programs, they’ll be treated with the best care to meet their individual needs. Some of those programs include:

  • Detox
  • Residential Treatment
  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
  • Outpatient Rehab
  • Medically-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

These treatments have been safe and effective in our area of expertise. It is our goal to deliver individualized care that works in the context of who we are working with. It is most dangerous to assume that one method works for every patient that comes to us. There is no cookie-cutter formula for addiction treatment.

Who’s Involved?

Our team members include:

  • Doctors – Ensures a safe recovery environment for withdrawal management, and general physical and mental health.
  • Therapists – Our therapists are educated, trained, and experienced in working with those who have struggled with drug addiction, mental illness, and trauma.
  • Substance Use Counselors – Substance Use Counselors lead a team dedicated to helping start the recovery process by way of relapse prevention, emotional regulation, triggers, and distorted thinking.
  • Community Support Specialists – Assist in the development of a treatment plan, as well as helping with resources, and getting involved with the community.
  • Peer Support Specialists – Offers connections with others, a sense of community, belonging, and motivation to continue treatment.
  • Member Care Specialists – Provide safety, support, and direction to help the recovery process move along easier.
  • Wellness Staff – Offer education and resources that will help those struggling with addiction heal.

Our team at Sana Lake Recovery Center is prepared to give the best care to meet every individual’s needs.

What Happens After Rehab?

Our team at Sana Lake Recovery is committed to providing young adults who struggle with addiction with the best care available in order to help guide them along on their recovery journey. It is our aim to help them arrive at a place of stability and functionality. Ultimately we want to equip everybody with the best tools and knowledge on how to use them in order that the recovery journey outside of our doors is met with ease.

However, contrary to popular belief, recovery doesn’t stop after a patient walks out the door. It lays the groundwork for a possible future of better, more disciplined decisions. Support groups are even available outside of rehab to help patients stay grounded outside of the safety of a recovery center.

Moving On to a Life of a Recovery

Drug addiction has the capacity to ruin a young adult’s potential for great opportunities, and even their adulthood. Not only does it affect them, but it also has a large impact on their friends and family. It has the power to tear apart well-founded relationships and enable discord among loved ones.

At Sana Lake Recovery Center, we believe in coming alongside those who struggle with addiction. Our aim is to nurture, encourage, support, guide, and usher them into a life of sobriety. Treating each patient is a complex process due to unique individual needs.

Our desire is to ultimately lead those struggling to a place of sobriety. We do this by assessing the needs of the individual in order that we may lay a strong foundation for the work to come. Throughout their time here at Sana Lake, young adults will be treated compassionately with a nurturing spirit in order that they may have peace of mind on their journey to recovery.

We are committed to assisting our young adult clients to long-term recovery so that what they’ve learned and practiced with us can continue on with them for the rest of their lives. You can contact us here today.