SUBSTANCE USE OR ABUSE IN YOUNG ADULTS
While the process of maturing takes us from adolescents to young adults and finally to a mature adult, there are usually a few hiccups along the way. Experimenting with different substances is often seen as a behavioral rite of passage of finding one’s own self and identity. However, there are young adults that this is not a temporary behavior or instance in their life, and a solidified problem has been planted and is growing.
Some people can use recreational or prescription drugs without ever experiencing negative consequences or addiction. For many young adults, substance abuse can cause problems at home, school, work and affect their relationships, often amplifying the feeling of isolation, helplessness, or shame.
WHY YOUNG ADULTS EXPERIMENT WITH DRUG USE
Young adults experiment with drugs for many different reasons. For many, drugs hold an element of curiosity especially during a time in their lives where many things are new. One of the main reasons of use is peer pressure and friends are participating in such activities. For many young adults it’s a means to improving themselves. Athletes use drugs to improve their performance, or someone will use drugs to ease another problem, such as stress, anxiety, or depression. Use does not automatically lead to abuse, and there is no specific level at which substance use moves from casual to problematic. It varies by individual.
If substance use is causing problems in someone’s life—at work, school, home, or in their relationships—they likely have a substance abuse or addiction problem.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SUBSTANCE USE AND ABUSE
Different substances and drugs have different physical effects, but the symptoms of abuse are often similar. Here are common signs and symptoms of substance use and abuse:
- Neglecting responsibilities – Whether at school, work, or home, if responsibilities are being affected negatively, this can be a sign of substance abuse.
- Abusing drugs under dangerous conditions, or taking risks while under the influence – Driving while under the influence, using in unsanitary conditions, or having unprotected sex are all high risk behaviors of substance abuse.
- Legal trouble – Substance abuse can lead to problems with the law, or getting arrested for dangerous or destructive behavior.
- Relationship problems – While under the influence of drugs, fights with a partner or family member, colleagues, or friends may increase.
HOW TO HEAL FROM SUBSTANCE ABUSE
There are many beneficial programs and services available that can help and assist with young adults suffering from substance abuse. At Pacific Quest, we believe that one of the most successful means of defeating substance abuse is by disconnecting from the factors that lead someone to use.
At the Pacific Quest wilderness therapy program, we help young adults deal with the factors that have led to their abuse and that hold a grip over them. Our program allows young adults to disconnect from the technological world and distractions, and focus on themselves.
Nature can play a large role in one’s recovery. Young adults that attend our program learn about responsibility through Organic Gardening and Horticultural Therapy. Our Sustainable Growth model incorporates many different principles to help young adults lead a healthy and rewarding life. We combine Individual and Group Therapy, a Wellness Program for physical health, a nutritional diet for healthy living, and proper exercise and sleep to maintain the body. All of this is combined into a single outdoor therapy program that empowers young adults and offers a sense of self and confidence.
If you feel your child, or another individual, could benefit from the Pacific Quest Wilderness Therapy Program or if you have a question about our therapeutic model, contact us at 808-937-5806 today.