SPECIALIZED TREATMENT FOR YOUNG ADULTS
Project Courage works with many young adults, and we understand that there are significant differences between adolescents and adults with substance abuse disorders or mental illnesses. These differences sometimes require separate treatment interventions.
In our treatment plans, we utilize developmental theory. Individuals can develop when their biological and genetic make-up complements their environment. Physical, cognitive, emotional, social, moral, and spiritual growth only happens when individuals are in the correct environment. Situations like stress or trauma create a challenging environment for development and can cause the individual distress or confusion.
New discoveries from brain imaging and brain scans suggest that the physical development of the brain during adolescence can have a serious impact on substance abuse tendencies or mental health issues. The way we think and feel is often affected by development in the more primal regions of the brain.
The way we think and feel is often affected by development in the more primal regions of the brain.
During treatment, we focus on obstacles that are common for young adults, like developing leisure skills and forming healthy relationships. We also address developmental needs that conflict with traditional recovery principles. For example, many treatment modalities for recovery require clients to admit powerlessness. However, independence is an important developmental milestone for adolescents. This discrepancy can be conflicting for young adults in treatment, but we acknowledge this issue with care and attention.
The Therapeutic alliance is essential for successful treatment for all ages, but it’s especially important for adolescents and young adults. For this age group, it is important that a rapport is developed, otherwise, progress and retention rates can be effected. We focus on creating a welcoming and encouraging community for our clients, which helps them cultivate a therapeutic alliance with their clinicians.