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 person’s 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.Patrick’s 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 American cities the holiday takes over and the parties spill out of the bars and into the streets. Chicago Taxi drivers now charge a hefty fee for anyone that  throws up in the cab, this is not an unlikely occurrence on St. Patrick's Day. There are green shamrocks as far as the eye can see and the sounds of bagpipes blow long into the night. Starting early in the morning and going strong into night, St.Patrick's Day is a holiday centered and focused on one thing; the consumption of alcohol.

Where are the recovering alcoholics during this time? Many recovering alcoholics despise this day for the obvious reasons. It is one of the few days out of the year they can have a hard time trying to avoid this type of behavior. While it can be difficult to maintain a positive outlook on this day, impossible it is not. There is no reason a recovering alcoholic should feel worried, scared or intimidated on this day. Here are some helpful tips to stay sober and enjoy your St. Patrick's Day:

  • First and foremost, you don’t have to surround yourself with the mayhem. Plan accordingly ahead of time to leave the hotspots during this time. If you live in an area of your city that is a hotbed for bars, plan a day trip outside of that area and return once the festivities die down. In most cities spring is just starting to blossom. Celebrate by going to a forest preserve or nature sanctuary far secluded from any bars or parties.
  • If leaving isn't an option for you, try to avoid the crowds as much as possible. This means staying in and enjoying time at home. Plan ahead by getting all your grocery shopping done and making sure you have no reason to travel through the seas of people.  You can celebrate by making a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner and watching The Commitments.
  • Find a sober St.Patricks day party. Keep an eye peeled for sober activities at meetings and clubs in the weeks leading up to the holiday. If you’re willing to venture through your city this is a great option for any recovering alcoholics. Most Alano clubs or AA groups have sober gatherings on holidays, and there is no better way to keep from drinking or being triggered than surrounding yourself with other sober friends.
  • Stay busy. Make a list of things you need to do and knock it out while everyone else is wasting time. By staying busy and proactive you will not only be taking your mind off of the drinking. You will be congratulating yourself and patting yourself on the back over what you’re getting done on a day most people don't remember. Make a list of ten things you want to accomplish and stay busy.
  • Keep on living your life like it’s any other day. Not all recovering alcoholics are triggered or feel uncomfortable around drinking or partying, and not all of us feel the need to change our way of living over other people just because we are sober. If this is the case, do what you would do any other day to stay sober and be grateful you no longer need to live that way.

New Hope Recovery Center is a substance abuse and addiction treatment facility located in Chicago, IL. If you know someone who needs professional help with addiction, please call for more information 1-888-707-4673.

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Family Matters and the Holiday Season The holiday season is stressful time for everyone. In this audio interview from Big Oldies 93.7 Dial-a-Doc, Charles Brookover MS, LCPC, CADC speaks about how to best handle holiday gatherings and properly set your expectations for holiday celebrations. Charlie Brookover works at FHN Family Counseling Center – Jo Daviess County at 300 Summit Street Galena, IL 61036.
Alcoholism and Addiction: How to Stay Sober While Traveling Travel season is here in full force and unless you’re going on an expedition through the Alaskan tundra, there is a good chance you will be around alcohol. Vacations are a time to relax, regenerate and enjoy yourself. Unfortunately, for many recovering alcoholics and addicts, travel can cause a lot of anxiety. Many people associate vacations with alcohol and many popular vacation spots around the world use this as a main attraction.
Addiction, Recovery and Summer in Chicago With Chicago’s summer right around the corner, everyone is gearing up for baseball games, barbecues, street festivals and long days at the beach or on the water. For those who are sober, this can sound like a nightmare instead of a holiday. The majority of summertime activities often include alcohol, but most recovering from alcohol or drug addiction seem to think they revolve around alcohol. Just because you don’t drink anymore, doesn't mean you can’t enjoy the many summer activities you’re accustomed to.
Life After Rehab: 5 Tips for the Newly Sober So you've finished treatment…now what? This is a common question people ask themselves after finishing drug and alcohol rehab. Statistics show that the days, and even hours, after leaving treatment are incredibly crucial to long term sobriety.  Addiction treatment centers provide a safe, structured environment where someone is removed from their triggers and the pressures of everyday life.  Leaving the safety net of rehab can be intimidating and even frightening to some individuals although it doesn't have to be.  There are many things newly sober people can do following treatment to ensure they maintain the sobriety achieved in treatment.

Women are the fastest growing segment of the population who abuse substances, according to several research studies that have been done recently. Although more women than ever are suffering from substance abuse disorders, there still is a small number of women who actually are receiving treatment for their addiction.

Substance abuse in women is often harder to detect than in men, and can easily be overlooked by friends, family members and health care providers.  For women, a fair amount of drinking is often done at home, during hours of the day when significant others and/or children are not at home. They are also less likely to have consequences such as a DUI because they are drinking at home. Three-martini playdates are often thought of as a fun way for stay-at-home mothers to blow off the steam of being with the kids all day and as a way to bond with other moms.

Further, many women turn to alcohol and drugs in order to be able to "do it all".  Use of stimulants can help a woman raise 3 kids, do well at a high powered job, keep up the household and still have energy for the gym on a regular basis.  On top of all of this, according to the research, women are more likely than men to see health care providers on a regular basis, thus increasing their access to prescription drugs with abuse potential.  Similarly, women are just as likely as men to drink or use drugs to medicate depression and anxiety, but are more likely than men to present to a mental health provider for help, resulting in more prescriptions for benzodiazepines and sleeping aids.

Substance abuse in women is often overlooked because the abuse itself is often normalized, seen as a response to today's pressures on women.  Often women recognize the fact that they are depressed or anxious and will go to treatment for the mood condition, unaware that substance abuse needs to be addressed as well.  If and when the need for substance abuse treatment is recognized, there are often gender specific barriers to women accessing and staying in treatment.  Some of the more common and problematic barriers are:

Fear- Women with children face the very real fear of being separated from or losing primary custody of their children.  In addition, image management, while also a factor for men, can deter a woman from entering treatment due to fears about what it will look like and what others will think about her.  Women also tend to have more fears about paying for treatment as compared to men, as many women do not earn as much as men, are underemployed or unemployed.

Childcare- It is well documented in the literature that women have a harder time accessing treatment if they are the primary caregivers of young children.  Treatment initiation and retention rates are much higher for women when there is some assistance with childcare and/or when the children are allowed to stay with the mother while she is in treatment.  For many women, paying for treatment along with childcare is too much of a financial burden.

History of Trauma-  For women with a history of physical and sexual trauma, entering mixed gender treatment is often a deterrent.  Programs that offer gender specific therapy groups and therapists equipped to handle trauma increase the success of a woman entering, staying in, and ultimately being successful in addiction treatment.

Psychological/Cultural- As stated above, women often view their own substance abuse as temporary, a crutch to help deal with the pressures of working, caring for children, caring for aging parents, running a household.  Though women are more likely than men to admit to needing help, they are less likely to actually go to treatment to get the help they need. Women also suffer from shame factors that are different from men's, and admit to higher levels of suicidal ideation and low self worth directly related to substance abuse and dependence.

The more that women's issues are well understood and addressed in treatment settings, the more successful a woman can be at obtaining help and achieving long term sobriety.  Addressing each woman's specific history thoroughly in an intake procedure can ensure that the right setting is available (i.e gender specific group for a woman with a lot of male perpetrated trauma vs. a mixed gender group for a woman needing to strengthen her platonic relationships with men).  It is also important for treatment providers to continue to address these needs along the course of treatment, as they may change, and for providers and treatment centers be sensitive to the needs of each woman individually, rather than generally as women.

New Hope Recovery Center offers gender specific programming. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, it is important to call and go in for an assessment with a professional.  All assessments at New Hope Recovery Center are confidential with no obligation for further treatment. Recovery is possible, let us help. Call us at 888-707-4673 or Email us at info@new-hope-recovery.com.

Written by: New Hope Recovery Center

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Lesbians Seeking Drug and Alcohol Treatment Alcohol and drug abuse is a major concern for individuals who identify as lesbian. A reportpublished by SAMHSA in 2011 found people who identify as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) are significantly more likely than the general population to use and abuse drugs or alcohol. This same study found lesbians are significantly more likely than heterosexual women to drink alcohol heavily.

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment for Latino and Hispanic People There are several things to be aware of when working with the Spanish communities for drug or alcohol addiction.  Cultural identity is one of the most important factors to keep in mind when working with the Spanish community.  For example: Cubans, Dominicans and Puerto Ricans identify themselves as Hispanics; while Central Americans and South Americans identify themselves as Latinos for the most part.

Senior Citizens: Alcohol Abuse and Misuse Seniors citizens and alcohol abuse and misuse is a serious problem. With the rapidly growing senior population, it is more important than ever to stay informed about the potential mental/behavioral health threats seniors are experiencing. People seldom think of alcohol abuse or misuse to be a problem in the senior population and rarely see that they are at risk of this behavior. There are major life changes affecting this population, which leads many seniors to begin abusing or misusing alcohol (and medications), even if they never showed signs of this behavior earlier in life.

Student Drug Abuse Warning Signs Young adults face many temptations and opportunities to use and abuse drugs and alcohol.  As a parent, it is important to allow for appropriate independence and growth for your student or young adult, but also to keep a watchful eye looking for warning signs or symptoms of drug or alcohol use/addiction. Part of growing up involves making mistakes and hopefully learning from them.  These teachable moments allow students and emerging adults to learn how to respond better in the future.

Are you concerned your teenager or young adult is using marijuana? Below you will find 38 warning signs and symptoms for marijuana use. Marijuana use is very controversial across the nation, but something that cannot be denied, is the detrimental effect it has on young adults. It has been proven that young adults/teenagers who use marijuana have more problems with memory, attention and learning. They also struggle with their school performance, have an increased risk of problematic behaviors, and are more likely to suffer from depression and or anxiety.

Physical signs of pot smoking or marijuana use:

  • red bloodshot eyes, squinting or half closed eyes
  • constant, mucus-filled cough
  • rapid heartbeat
  • dry mouth (cotton mouth)
  • poor coordination
  • slow reaction time

Behaviors that may indicate marijuana use or marijuana addiction:

  • Difficulty problem solving or keeping thoughts together
  • Poor memory, particularly short term or things recently occurring
  • Extreme or unusual hunger or increased eating (especially snacks and sweets), usually called the munchies
  • Acting silly or in a giggly manner
  • Acting slow, lethargic, dazed or confused
  • Lack of motivation, enthusiasm
  • Loses train of thought, rambling, disjointed in a conversation
  • Paranoia

Finding these items on your teen, in their room or with their belongings, likely indicates frequent marijuana use:

  • Visine or other products for red eyes
  • Cigarette Rolling Papers
  • Bongs
  • Metal clips or small clamps
  • Pipes
  • Cigars
  • Cans with holes cut on side
  • Small baggies
  • Dried plant residue, looking like dried oregano
  • Frequent use of incense, air freshener, cologne or perfume
  • Small burn marks on finger tips (particularly thumb and index or middle finger), lips
  • Posters, stickers, buttons, pins, clothing or other items with marijuana leaves, or mentioning marijuana or 420
  • Increased use of mouthwash, mints or gum
  • Smelling like marijuana or a skunk-like smell on your teen, in their bedroom, on their clothes
  • Signs that a towel has been put under the door (to stop smoke and smells from getting out)
  • Hemp Items

Changes in your teen that may indicate marijuana use:

  • Sudden change in friends
  • Talking in code or odd communication with their friends
  • Interest in taking short walks, going outside for short periods of time
  • Sudden drop in education or job performance
  • Loss of interest in once enjoyed activities, pursuits, hobbies
  • Absences from school or work
  • Frequent requests for money with nothing tangible to show
  • Lost valuables or semi-valuable items from the house

If you observe several of these warning signs, it is likely that your child is using marijuana. Finding any of the paraphernalia items, such as bongs, pipes, rolling papers, etc. is a very good indication that he/she is smoking pot frequently.

Marijuana can sometimes have lasting effects on young adults because a young adult’s brain does not fully develop until age 26.  If you are concerned about your teen’s use of marijuana or other drugs, it is important to get help immediately. Brief interventions are very beneficial resources along with individual counseling and therapy when necessary.

New Hope Recovery Center treats chemical dependency for adults 18 years of age or older, however if you know a teen that is struggling with drugs or alcohol, please call New Hope Recovery Center at 773-883-3916 or contact us via email at info@new-hope-recovery.com and we can direct you to the proper resources that can be of help for teens or adolescents.

Written by: New Hope Recovery Center

The holiday season is stressful time for everyone. In this audio interview from Big Oldies 93.7 Dial-a-Doc, Charles Brookover MS, LCPC, CADC speaks about how to best handle holiday gatherings and properly set your expectations for holiday celebrations. Charlie Brookover works at FHN Family Counseling Center - Jo Daviess County at 300 Summit Street Galena, IL 61036.

FHN Website: http://www.fhn.org/

FHN Contact Number: 815-777-2836 (Galena Location)

 

The stages of change are a conceptualization that change is not a singular event; rather it is a series of steps someone progresses through.  The idea can be applied to any number of behaviors but it is especially helpful to view it through the lens of addiction.  Change is difficult.  People get comfortable with where they are at and it is much easier to stay immersed in that life, even if it is a destructive and detrimental one.  Learning more about how change comes about can be a helpful push in raising self-awareness and normalizing the recovery process.

Precontemplation

In this first stage the person affected by addiction does not see their problem and therefore does not have any consideration for changing.  Loved ones, coworkers, and health professionals may perceive the need for change but the person with the addiction feels safe with the status quo so they are resistant to recognizing the problem. They will most likely justify their behavior because they don’t see their actions as problematic.  The most viable option for others during this stage is to try to raise awareness about the risks of the problem.  The hope is that by expressing doubts and increasing education on the topic it will assist the person in becoming more self-aware about their addiction and consider changing.

Contemplation

If the person starts to consider change they have moved from precontemplation to contemplation.  The individual might start to notice that they have a problem but by in large they are still ambivalent about actual change.  They may be experiencing anxiety and avoidance about the idea of changing.  A common tool to address the ambivalence surrounding change in this stage is to write out or discuss the pros and cons about changing.  This may be enough to tip the scales for the individual if they believe the benefits outweigh the costs. Some people spend their entire lives in the contemplation stage because they do not see the costs as costly enough.  At the very minimum it will allow for a discussion about where the individual sees barriers to change.

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Preparation

This stage is evident once the individual makes a conscious decision to do something to change.  This stage is crucial and often overlooked because people jump right into action without realizing the energy and commitment it will require to change.  An effective preparation stage involves reaching out for help and researching worthwhile options of assistance.  It is essential to address the individual’s anxiety about change because during this stage the idea of changing becomes more concrete and it can be overwhelming.

Action

When the individual is ready to put their plan into place and pursue it they are actively working towards change.  This overt effort comes down to willpower and determination by the individual.  If the individual truly does not want to change they will revert back to an earlier stage, often contemplation.  Change is uncomfortable and anxiety-inducing but if the individual can receive proper support while addressing their addiction real change may start to come about.  It is important to recognize even the smallest of changes because seeing progress can be motivation for continued improvement.

Maintenance

The ongoing goal of this stage is to sustain the positive change in the individual’s life long term.  Change is fluid and therefore it is important for the individual to have an awareness of their triggers and subsequent coping mechanisms in order to address new challenges as they arise.  Acquiring new skills to avoid relapse is ongoing however relapse does still occur.  Relapse can be discouraging but it is not the end of the road.  No matter how spiraling the relapse may be a person can re-enter the cycle at any stage of change.  The knowledge and insight gained about the addiction is not erased in a relapse and therefore all is not lost.  Recovery is life-long and the path is not straight and narrow, there are detours.  It is helpful to continuously be mindful of one’s needs in order to not become complacent.  Working an active recovery program by staying connected with a sober network are good tools for achieving long term sobriety.

No matter which of the five stages you or a loved one are currently in, New Hope Recovery Center can be a resource and an agent for change.  Please call for more information 1-888-707-4673.

Written by: New Hope Recovery Center

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addiction treatment center chicagoThe older adult population is often overlooked, poorly understood, and underserved group amongst substance abusers. According to recent research, there are approximately 7 risk factors associated with substance abuse in the elderly.  They are as follows: being male, experiencing major life changes, loneliness/depression, a previous history with substance abuse, comorbid psychiatric disorder, a family history of addiction, trouble accessing treatment, and the stigma associated with treatment.

As individuals progress through the developmental stages of life, he/she must adapt to changes at each stage.  The changes and tasks associated with older adulthood include coping with the loss of spouses, family and friends. As these losses begin compounding, one may find him/herself living alone or possibly losing their independence, without support and with failing health which limit accessibility to the outside world. Although men are more likely to abuse substances in general, older adult females often outlive their male counterparts, are more likely to report depression, anxiety, and trouble sleeping, and are thus more likely to receive prescriptions with high abuse potential such as the benzodiazepines and sedative-hypnotics.

In treating and working with older adults, it is imperative that health care providers understand substance abuse in the larger cultural context.  The elderly often encounter ageist views within our society and as one ages, he/she may encounter growing negative messages about old age which leads to the use of substances to cope with these new found anxieties. When an older adult talks to a medical provider about anxiety or depression, they often overlook the possibility of substance abuse and prescribe medications that are easily addictive. This is putting many older adults at risk of substance abuse or misuse.

Generationally, older adults are not the most likely candidates for treatment, as they grew up in a time when there was a large stigma associated with mental illness/addiction. Mental illness and substance abuse are not easily overcome, and even more difficult to diagnose and treat when the individual is less likely to seek out help on their own. Substance abuse and addiction is a serious ailment, and it takes more than self-discipline and a strong will to overcome.

Treatment that is focused on the needs of the elderly will include screening for co-occurring disorders, vital outreach, and full inclusion of one's family and/or support system.  Rather than wait for an individual to bring up the concern of substance abuse, depression, and anxiety, it is ideal for all providers to be proactive and inclusive when screening for this during appointments.

If you are a senior looking for help, or know someone who is, call New Hope Recovery Center and set up an assessment. The assessment is the first step towards getting the necessary help to improve the quality of life for yourself or the person you love.

Written by: New Hope Recovery Center

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chicago treatment centerMental health professionals continue to notice that young adults increasingly have difficulty transitioning into adulthood. They struggle with more emotional adjustment issues than ever before. These issues show up as a lower tolerance for stress and under-developed coping skills, during a time in their lives when these skills are most needed. Without these necessary coping skills, they are facing higher levels of depression, anxiety and substance abuse, including addiction to alcohol and drugs.

This has left many professionals wondering if changes in parenting styles may contribute to the increased inability of young adults to cope with life. Specifically, the over-involvement of parents who take extensive measures to shelter or protect their children’s lives.

Parents are instrumental in the healthy development of a young adult.  A parent’s role changes as young adults grow older and become increasingly independent.  But letting go or loosening the reins can be a challenge. Many parents struggle with finding the balance between healthy support and micromanaging as their children move through college and beyond.

The term “helicopter parent” is used to describe parents who pay extremely close attention to and become heavily involved in their young adult’s experiences and problems, particularly at college. These parents ‘hover’ over their college student to quickly clear pathways, remove obstacles, offer advice and ensure the student is always in the most favorable position.  They often become overly involved as their child’s negotiator and advocate, acting as a buffer between their child and the world. This may mean contacting a college professor to dispute a grade, telling their child exactly how to solve a problem or rescuing a child from negative consequences that result from poor decisions, including drug or alcohol use.

Although no parent wants to see a child suffer, helicoptering behavior can actually harm young adults in the long run.  The young adults can end up feeling dis-empowered and often feels anxious about the parents’ involvement.  If their parents fight all their battles, the young adults begin to believe they have no ability to fight their own battles and develop low self-esteem and low self confidence.

Studies have found that young adults whose parents are over-involved have lower self esteem, fewer coping skills, lower self-confidence, fewer social skills and higher levels of anxiety.  If young adults are accustomed to their parents fighting all their battles they do not develop the coping skills and real world practice to manage difficult situations they will inevitably encounter.  If the frustration level or emotional discomfort gets too high, these young adults will be at greater risk to use or abuse alcohol or drugs as a way to cope.

So ... what’s the solution?  The key focus for parents is to help young adults become independent.  

Here are some suggestions:

  • Move from acting as negotiator or problem-solver to coach.  This will help you shift away from parent-driven problem solving to student-driven problem solving.  Give encouragement to your young adults and help them remember other problems they have solved well in the past. Talk through their solutions with them to help them build confidence in their own abilities.
  • Mistakes happen.  Instead of becoming upset, over-involved or quick to fix, think of a mistake as a teachable moment.  Ask what your young adult can learn from the experience and their decision and how they may want to handle a similar situation differently in the future.  This helps develop skills of planning, analysis and thinking-through consequences for future situations. Often facing the consequences of a decision is the most important teacher, so don’t jump in and deprive your young adult of this lesson.
  • Step back and allow more space for your young adult to develop life and coping skills through life experiences. The end goal is for your young adult to become his/her own advocate and can fend for his/her self in an effective way.
  • Wait until you are asked. Become a consultant and sounding board and most likely your child will turn to you when they truly need your help. Instead of solving, just listen and let your young adult talk through his/her own solutions.
  • If you feel your young adult is in over his/her head, walk through their plans and guide them through the pros and cons of the plans. It is a delicate dance knowing when to let the struggle work itself out and when to step in and assist.  It is a learning time for everyone!

Teaching young adults to manage stress, frustration, disappointment and discouragement on their own will help them avoid becoming stuck in depression and anxiety and perhaps turning to drugs or alcohol to cope.  Their ability to self-advocate and take initiative will impress professors and future employers and in the end you will be proud of their accomplishments.

New Hope Recovery Center is located in Chicago, IL and provides many different services. If you or someone you know is experiencing problems due to their drug or alcohol use, contact us. Help is just a phone call away! 773-883-3916

Written by: New Hope Recovery Center

chicago rehab stress emerging adultThe 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. Emerging Adults frequently change residences (slightly more than 30% move every year); change jobs (averaging seven jobs during their 20s); move back with parents (more than 40% move back in with their parents at least once during their 20s); and often spend time living with a romantic partner (66%).  These changes can lead to high levels of stress and anxiety.

This is also a time when major life questions are asked:  Who am I?  What do I want to do with my life?  What is most important to me?  Who do I want to have in my life?  In my earlier article, I noted the changes within an Emerging Adult’s brain can lead to the exploration of these issues in a new way.

Changes

The many major life changes and decisions make this an unstable time for Emerging Adults. Although this can be an exhilarating time of great possibility and freedom, it can also be a time of high stress.  The uncertainty and changes during these ages can lead to dread, frustration and a sense of not fitting in.

High rates of anxiety, depression, motor-vehicle accidents and alcohol use peak from the ages of 18 to 25 (rental car companies got that one right!), and tend to level off by age 28. (read more about Delayed Development) The rates of depression, anxiety and other mental-health issues are higher in the teens and 20s than in any other decade of life, except the 80s.   A recent survey by Clark University, which polled more than 1,000 young adults nationwide, found that 72% said this time of life was stressful and 33% said they were often depressed. Still, 89% believed they would eventually get what they want out of life.  So although a stressful time, it can also be filled with optimism.

Handling the Stress

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 person’s 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.

New Hope Recovery Center Emerging Adult Program

New Hope Recovery Center’s Emerging Adult Education Program is designed to provide Emerging Adults with the key life skills they need to navigate the changes and decision-making needed during this time in life.  It also provides alcohol and drug addiction education to aid Emerging Adults in making wise decisions and to understand the risks related to their own current and future drug and alcohol use.

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If you or someone you know between the ages of 18 and 26 is experiencing difficulties or consequences in their life due to the use of drugs or alcohol, please contact New Hope Recovery Center today.

Written By: New Hope Recovery Center