Finding a Support Group for Young Adults
During the teenage years, young people are susceptible to being perceived a certain way by peers. Peer pressure can have positive and negative implications for young adults. When turned into a positive direction, the powerful force can help young people remain sober. Adolescents in recovery can maximize chances of recovery by finding sources of strength, support and encouragement with others experiencing the same thing. Find out more on why support groups for young adults are so beneficial.
Drug rehab is just the beginning of a lifelong journey of recovery. Following the secure, supervised environment of rehab, an adolescent may feel overwhelmed back in the real world (with real life cravings and triggers). Rehab programs for teens should provide referrals to meetings and groups as a community resource for fellowship. Fellowship plays a role in a teen’s recovery from addiction by helping an adolescent gain perspective through the following:
Positive reinforcement from others who have chosen to live drug-free
Guidance from adult therapists who have experience and training in teen addiction treatment
Coping strategies to help with responses to substance abuse triggers
Opportunity to learn about responsibility through group service projects
Chance to build confidence through leading meetings, organizing events or acting as a sponsor
Types of Support Groups
Many forms and types of support groups exist in the world. It is important to find one that fits and stick with it. Teenagers need consistency to remain in sobriety through all of the transitions happening. Families involved in the process can help find the right support groups. Therapy-centered groups can include the following concerns:
Sexuality and dating
Facing adult pressures
Many drug rehabilitation programs are founded on the 12 steps which serve as a guideline for worldwide recovery groups like AA and NA. A person is never too old or young to have a problem with alcohol or other substances nor to benefit from the 12-step process. Twelve-step groups for teens may organize around the following:
Acknowledging powerlessness over addiction
Admit it is a physical and spiritual disease process that is overcome by surrendering to a higher power
Acknowledging past mistakes and making amends
Expressing gratitude and maintaining sobriety by helping others
Support groups for teens are available worldwide including in one’s own backyard. International groups like AA and NA hold meetings in public buildings, churches, community centers and private homes. Online meetings and phone support are available for teens who cannot locate face-to-face groups. Drug treatment programs offer support as part of aftercare services. Teens who graduate can draw support and continue to benefit from the connections.
Blueprints understands adolescents need specific, targeted support to get through the difficult challenges of addiction recovery. Call us to find out how we can develop a tailored approach for your teen or loved one who needs support.