Young adult’s addiction treatment At Hope Rehab Thailand
Many centers make the mistake of separating younger people from the general population which creates an unnatural environment and deprives them from being around mature role models. Our experience suggests that it is far more beneficial to create an inclusive community as younger people tend to behave more appropriately and respond to the nurturing available from older clients.
A young adult’s addiction treatment is important. Teenagers and young adult’s brains are still in the process of development and do not fully develop until age 30. So the chemical hijacking of the reward system by addiction may result in earlier and more serious problems. Also psychological factors such as trauma and stress are significant in substance abuse in young people. A damaged sense of self and breakdown in the family system are acknowledged as being strong influences too.
“I eventually found myself homeless and in debt. I was resigned to the fact my life was over – I didn’t care anymore. I was in deep with dealers, struggling to pay them for the supply. Finally I reached out to my mum and she took me in even though I was a horrible son. I didn’t deserve such a wonderful mum. I contemplated suicide daily. Finally we found Hope Rehab Centre in Thailand. Thanks to my mum, I was able to be treated at this wonderful place for 3 months. A place that gave me a sense of safety I hadn’t felt in years. A place free of judgement, only understanding and the place where I found myself again. The person I am today without drugs. Today I understand about the disease of addiction and how to stay healthy” Chris Perth
Young adult’s addiction treatment At Hope Rehab Thailand
Genetics is tendency not destiny: Many experts believe that approx 60% of addicts are genetically predisposed to the disease of addiction although an environmental factor is usually required to trigger the addiction.
In addition difficulties like fitting in, lacking in confidence, reduced academic skills, dyslexia, or a lack of direction and chronic boredom can be enough to make a young person reach for drugs or alcohol. Once they take the drug or drink the discomfort is relieved. That relief becomes valuable so the drug or alcohol becomes valuable. This so called’ value is the reason the young person uses substances again and again. Peer pressure may come from friends or family and from advertising on television, the movies, and music videos. When peer pressure combines with the relief of the discomfort or problem, drug use becomes acceptable. So re-socializing with positive role-models is an important goal of treatment to reverse this.
When a downward spiral takes hold your loved one starts compromising their family, friends, school, and future. Young people are prone to rebellious behavior so another goal of treatment is to inspire them to join in and be positive. They are in a “Make or break” transitional phase of life.
Hope Rehab is a secure yet comfortable environment for younger clients to work in. Our program workbook explains all assignments clearly and help is always on hand to complete tasks. We concentrate on developing a smooth transitional planned move back into the world. Emotional intelligence is essential for all clients to recover and we use real life, here and now experiences while in treatment to explore reactions and attitudes.
Many young adults appear to be fully developed however for various reasons such as financial dependency, are still living as children which may hinder their progress in treatment. For this reason duplicitous behavior is common and a manipulative pattern of self centered dishonest characteristics to feed the addiction take hold.
Smart drugs: Many young people experience pressure to achieve high grades and certain drugs enhance their ability to study and pass exams. Performance enhancing substance use can be a trigger for long term addiction. These drugs are often diverted medication used to treat ADHD.
The link between ADHD & Addiction: adolescents and adults with ADHD are at a significantly increased risk of developing a substance abuse problem and in fact there are many similarities between the two conditions. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a neurobehavioral condition characterized by difficulties of hyperactivity and impulsiveness, struggling to follow instructions, boredom and a lack of focus which impairs ability to learn.
The Neurology of ADHD: One interpretation is that the brains reward mechanism works for those with ADHD only when the task performed is inherently motivating. Low levels of dopamine raise the threshold at which someone can maintain focus on a task that is otherwise boring. The reason for this is due to abnormalities in how the dopamine system in the central nervous system responds.
Executive functions are specific mental activities that allow self-control, managing frustration and problem solving. The core symptoms of ADHD which are hyperactivity, impulsiveness and inattention, may all arise due to problems with executive functions.
Dyslexia is also a brain condition that mainly affects language skills and comprehension. The word has Greek roots and means language problems. Dyslexia is a problem with mastering information rather than low intellectual performance. Although it originates in the brain, it is not a medical problem in the sense that a Doctor can cure it, much like addiction. Dyslexia is regarded as a learning difficulty and it can cause many problems from being misunderstood to feeling stupid. This can lead to severe frustration and low self esteem and in turn dropping out of education and of course developing addiction.
Family therapy is key to motivating your loved one to change and then supporting them after treatment. We invite you to submit written feedback and attend meetings at the right time during the treatment process.
Financial dependence can promote an attitude of not taking responsibility for the addiction-behavior. i.e. “Why change if you don’t see the need too” We strongly advice encouraging financial independence in your family member.
Positive peer group pressure is all part of the group process and role modeling, this helps reverse negative behavior and attitudes, it also improves social skills and encourages productivity.
“We can’t bully someone into recovery, if one is too pushy – it pushes people away, that’s why we say, attraction rather than promotion” Simon Mott
Hope provides young adult’s addiction treatment tailor-made using a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and the 12 Step Program. For more information please contact us or to book, please contact us.
Young adult’s addiction treatment At Hope Rehab Thailand by Simon M