Experimenting with drugs and alcohol is often seen as a right of passage to adulthood. But the reality is that drug and alcohol addiction don’t wait until you turn 21 to become a problem. If you’re asking yourself, “Am I too young to go to rehab?” the answer is probably no.
According to a 2011 study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, 90 percent of Americans with substance use disorders actually began drinking alcohol or taking drugs before reaching age 18. That’s disturbing, because the Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens found that a person’s brain continues developing into their mid-twenties. The issue is worsened by the fact a developing brain can be more easily injured than that of one that’s already mature.
Overall, substance abuse can be even more of a problem for young adults than for those of an older age.
If you’re battling substance abuse in your late teens or 20s, seek help now. Don’t wait until substance abuse starts a domino effect of issues that could destroy your future.
At The Mend, we can develop a comprehensive customized addiction treatment plan and programming schedule for young adults. Your plan may include everything from one-on-one counseling sessions and cognitive behavioral therapy to recreational outings and music therapy, among other modalities.
And if you’re still not sure whether it’s time to quit drinking or taking drugs, try our 10-question quiz HERE.