Because of life changes and life-questioning, Emerging Adults are at risk for problems related to alcohol and drug use. The increase in stress can lead to increased usage. Unfortunately, because of the brain development during this time, high use of alcohol and drugs can have long-lasting effects on a persons mental development. With cognitive development stunted or hindered, an Emerging Adult will likely make poorer life choices and increase the likelihood of addiction during their life.
So it is important for an Emerging Adult to successfully navigate this time of stress, change and adjustment.
Some holidays are more difficult than others for recovering alcoholics; St.Patricks day is often one of those holidays. It was once celebrated as a day to honor the Patron Saint of Ireland, it has evolved into an all you can drink party that has little to do with Ireland or St.Patrick at all. In most..
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The period after high school through the late 20s is now considered a unique developmental phase, Emerging Adulthood. For Emerging Adults life is typically filled with an unprecedented amount of change and a time for asking many deeply-personal life questions. Robin Marantz Henig discusses some of these changes in her New York Times Magazine article