When young people come to a teen rehab, it’s important to understand that they have a high chance of recovery. Addiction is a progressive disease, so it’s much easier to treat young people when they’re in the early stages. Even if the addiction has become more severe, Ashley Addiction Treatment can help.

Why Young People Need a Teen Rehab

Woman Who Embraced Sobriety at Our Teen RehabYoung people are at high risk of developing an addiction for a multitude of reasons. Additionally, young people are experimenting with more dangerous and addictive substances compared to earlier generations. It wasn’t that long ago when it was normal for teens to smoke marijuana, but now the problem is far worse. For instance, the teen prescription drug epidemic is at an all-time high.

The primary reason young people develop an addiction is that their brains are still developing. In fact, the prefrontal cortex doesn’t fully develop until a person is in his or her late 20s or early 30s. Since this part of the brain isn’t regulating the flow of dopamine, the person has a higher chance of developing an addiction.

The prefrontal cortex has many other responsibilities that help young people learn how to deal with problems in a healthy way. The lack of development of this part of the brain causes a wide range of characteristic changes as well. This part of the brain is also responsible for the following aspects of a person as well:

  • Impulse Control
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Fear Modulation
  • Empathy
  • Self-Awareness

The Benefit of Coming to a Teen Rehab

Many facilities believe in peer support, but it’s important for young people to be around others within their age group. Studies show that there can be negative effects when younger people participate in treatment with individuals who are much older. In some instances, the age gap makes it more difficult for younger individuals to relate to or open up around older adults.

Another problem young people face when entering substance abuse programs with an older population is they don’t believe they have a problem. The disease of addiction makes people try to justify their using. When young people are mixed with an older group, they may believe that they can keep using until they’re much older. This is a dangerous mindset because many young people are using stronger drugs that lead to overdoses.

When teens and young adults take part in our Young Adult Program, the chances of success become much higher. Young people are much more likely to relate to someone from their generation rather than older adults. This begins to foster bonds and friendships where young people can support one another. Some of these relationships will last for years after treatment as well.

In addition to our standard Young Adult Program, we also offer Young Adult Extended Care exclusively for men between the ages of 18–25.

A Place Where Teens and Young Adults Can Recover

We’ve helped many young people begin on the path of recovery at our Havre de Grace addiction treatment campus. Call us today at 866-313-6307 to find out more information about our teen rehab and other inpatient treatment options.