Treating Young Adults Facing Addiction

Surveys show that young adults between the ages of 18 to 25 are more likely to abuse drugs, more than any other age group. It is a fact that different demographics require different approaches to addiction treatment. Young adults have their own sets of habits and psychology, therefore putting them in the same treatment program with an older demographic will not have the best outcome.

So what are the best treatment methods for young adults? And where can they find treatment?

Addiction Treatment for Young Adults

There are many addiction treatment services available for young adults. The type of treatment that a young individual would choose would depend on their individual situation. Some of the treatment options available are:

  1. Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatments require young adults to reside in the treatment facility while they receive treatment. This time could range from 30 days to several months. Inpatient programs are often the most effective, but they are also the most expensive and inconvenient, as the individuals are unable to leave the facility often and cannot attend work or school.

  1. Outpatient Treatment

Such treatment doesn’t require lengthy stays in a treatment facility. Rather, the individuals attend addiction treatment sessions regularly. It may be once a week, or several times, depending on what the individual needs. Outpatient treatment may not be as intensive or effective as inpatient treatment, but it’s usually affordable and flexible.

  1. Partial Inpatient Treatment

This includes a combination of both inpatient and outpatient treatment, and requires young adults to spend several hours a day at an addiction treatment facility daily, without residing there.

Young Adult Addiction Treatment Barriers

What are some barriers that obstruct young adults seeking addiction treatment? Many times, young adults are not willing or able to get the treatment that they need, and they may not even believe that they need any treatment. In fact, thinking that they didn’t need treatment that was one of the major reported reasons for young adults not getting any treatment. Some common barriers to young adults receiving treatment are:

  • Accessibility of treatment
  • Cost of treatment
  • No health insurance
  • Stigmas attached to addiction treatment
  • Time constraints
  • Life responsibilities

How Can Young Adults Find Treatment?

Young adults may not realize that they can find addiction treatment quite easily, as most communities have such programs in place. Young adults can approach:

  1. Community leaders like doctors, religious figures are good people to ask for help.
  2. University Health Centers at college campuses usually provide programs for students who may be struggling with addiction issues.
  3. The Internet is a great way to find local addiction treatment programs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website ( has a particularly helpful search tool.

Each person has a unique experience with addiction. At The Villa we understand that people are individuals and customize our treatments. Call us to find out more.