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Helping Young Adults Struggling with Substance Use

By: JBRI | Outpatient Services | February 15, 2023

Substance use disorder can have a significant impact on young adults. At JBRI Outpatient Services, we offer a young adult Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for people ages 18-24 who need substance use treatment.

“Some young adults struggling with substance use are also struggling in other ways as they transition from adolescence to adulthood,” said Vickie Butts, program director. “If we can get them into treatment for the substance use, then we can also help set them on a path to becoming a successful and productive adult.”

Substance Use Leads to Other Problems

Young adults who are abusing drugs or alcohol typically have problems in other areas of their life. They may be out of school, out of work, and disconnected from family and friends. Here are just a few of the problems that young adults might experience if they’re abusing drugs or alcohol.

  1. Physical health problems: Substance use can lead to a variety of health problems such as liver damage, respiratory problems, heart problems, and increased risk of infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis.
  2. Mental health problems: Substance use can also increase the risk of developing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and psychosis. In some cases, underlying mental health issues lead to problems with substance use.
  3. Social and interpersonal problems: Substance use can affect relationships with friends, family, and romantic partners. It can also lead to legal problems, financial problems, and difficulties in maintaining employment or academic success.
  4. Academic and career problems: Substance use can interfere with academic performance and lead to dropping out of school. It can also lead to difficulty finding and keeping a job, which can have long-term consequences on career prospects.
  5. Risky behavior: Substance use can lead to engaging in risky behaviors such as driving under the influence, having unprotected sex, or taking part in criminal activities.

Young adults struggling with a substance use disorder can have significant negative impacts in their lives. It’s important to seek help and treatment if you or someone you know is struggling with addiction.

How JBRI Outpatient Services Can Help Young Adults

JBRI Outpatient Services helps young adults by addressing substance use issues with high quality, evidence-based treatment that supports recovery. Our intensive outpatient program allows participants to remain in school or work while attending treatment.

After completing treatment, young adults will find themselves equipped with information and skills to make healthier decisions about substance use. Then, they can move on to address any other areas of concern in their lives.

Learn more about JBRI’s Intensive Outpatient Program for Young Adults

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