Advantages of a Young Adult Treatment Program

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A young adult treatment program can help young adults overcome their challenges with substance use disorders and mental illness so that they can develop happy, healthy lives.

There is no doubt that young adults, meaning those individuals between the ages of 18-25, find themselves engaged in activities and behaviors that may not always be good for them. Drug and alcohol experimentation within this age group is extremely common, just as is being sexually active. For many young adults, they grow out of this phase of life and no longer do things such as take drugs at a party, drink too much on the weekends, or be careless about who they decide to be intimate with. But for some, getting out of young adulthood unscathed is nearly impossible. 

According to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics, many of these behaviors being during the teenage years and grow into bigger problems as time goes on. Some statistics that reflect the ties between teenagers and substance abuse as reported by NCDAS include the following:

  • 86% of teenagers know someone who drinks or uses drugs during the daytime
  • 43% of college students abuse illicit drugs
  • 50% of teenagers abuse illicit drugs 

How come these numbers are so high? Well, young adults like teenagers and college students are faced with a number of different factors than other age groups may be, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Peer pressure
  • Social media pressure
  • Untreated mental illness such as depression or anxiety
  • Problems leaving home to venture out on their own for the first time
  • Pressure to uphold good grades

Those who have lived through these young adult years can easily understand how these issues can contribute to substance abuse. And even though rates of drug abuse have slowly dropped within this age group over the past few years, it still remains a continued problem. 

Advantages of a Young Adult Treatment Program

So, what are young adults supposed to do if they need professional help for a substance use disorder? There are several options to choose from, but arguably the greatest resource for individuals within this age range is a young adult treatment program.

A young adult treatment program is a treatment program that focuses on providing age-appropriate treatment for those who want to end their active addictions and/or treat their mental illnesses. This type of care can be extremely beneficial in the following ways:

  • Improve chances for the future — When young adults grapple with substance use disorders, they are dealing with this disease at a pivotal time in their lives. Not only are their brains and bodies still developing, but they are aso still trying to establish themselves as adults. Attending a young adult treatment program appeals directly to this population and shows them how continuing on with abusing drugs and alcohol can derail their future and potentially kill them. When young adults pay attention to their treatment and get involved in it, they gain the advantage of improving their overall chances for their futures. 
  • Prevent further physical and psychological damage — Young adults are still developing both mentally and physically during these sensitive years. The abuse of drugs and alcohol can stunt growth and mental wellness, making it more difficult for a young adult to recover. The faster young adult treatment is obtained, the less likely it becomes for young adults to suffer from the effects of illicit substances on their young bodies and minds. 
  • Build a strong support system of positive peers — The vast majority of young adults have found themselves hooked on drugs or alcohol because of the individuals that they hang around with. In fact, peer pressure is the most common risk factor for addiction amongst this age group. Attending a young adult treatment program, however, allows these young adults to remove themselves from their usual group of peers and put themselves in a group of individuals who are like-minded and working towards the same goals. Just as easily as the bad can rub off in a group of toxic friends, the good can rub off in a group of positive friends. Young adult treatment allows these individuals to come together, bond, and continually support one another as they move through recovery.
  • Participate in age-appropriate therapies — Young adult treatment programs offer many of the same therapies that are provided in all types of addiction treatment programs. These include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, contingency management, and so on. But one therapy that has proven to be a major hit with the young adult population is adventure therapy. Adventure therapy brings individuals in recovery outside into nature. Activities such as rock climbing, canoeing, ropes courses, and hiking work to improve young adults’ self-esteem, outlook on life, communication skills, and much more. Plus, adventure therapy reinforces the bonds that individuals may already be developing among one another. 

Individuals who are participating in a young adult treatment program also have the opportunity to work on and develop vital life skills, such as being independent. It is not uncommon for this population of substance users to have minimal knowledge or experience with managing finances, maintaining a household, and sometimes even basic high school education such as math and language arts. Being a part of a young adult treatment program can help these individuals address these topics in an effort to solidify their foundation in recovery and in life. 

Addiction Treatment in California 

If you are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, know that you are not alone. At Launch Centers, we understand how difficult it is to continue living with active addiction, which is why we work endlessly to help individuals like you to get sober. Not only do we support your journey towards sobriety, but we will also be right by your side as you develop and grow in your overall recovery. 

If you are ready to put behind you the challenges of active addiction, then call us right now. We can help you stop using and begin building a future that meets your needs and then some. Do not wait. We are here to help you get your life back once and for all.

About Our Founder

Jose Hernandez, for over a decade, has been involved in alcohol and addiction recovery helping people succeed in overcoming substance abuse and regaining control of their lives. He has experience in all aspects of the recovery world, from facilitating entry into treatment as an intervention specialist to counseling and case management at rehabilitation facilities. Jose has worked one-on-one with individuals as a sober companion and with groups as a resident counselor at addiction treatment centers and is certified by the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) to practice as a substance abuse counselor.

Through his professional experiences in crisis intervention, drug and alcohol detoxification, substance abuse counseling, and relapse prevention, Jose has developed a unique plan for case management that bridges the gap between a person’s painful past of substance abuse and a future of sobriety.

At Riviera Recovery, a sober living facility with multiple locations, clients continue their transition from the supportive environment of a treatment center to living well and happily in the “real” world. The program he designed at Riviera Recovery personalizes treatment plans that enable clients, including those with a single or dual-diagnosed mental health disorder, to embrace a satisfying life.

His greatest endeavor has been establishing LAUNCH, a Los Angeles-based life skills intensive outpatient program for young adults. LAUNCH works with recovering men and women to establish personal vocational and educational goals and develop the tools to successfully meet them. His mission is to ensure that no one stands alone in his or her recovery.

Meet Our Clinical Team

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Jess Beck, LCSW

Clinical Director

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Eric Chaghouri, MD


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Chloe Kruskol, LCSW

Family Program Manager

Our Testimonials

Clients and Professionals Share Their Experience

  • HO

    Launch provided care on multiple levels. The highly skilled therapist coupled with the focus on purpose and long-term goals refocused my recovery from what previous treatment centers pushed onto me. I went from believing that I needed years of treatment to believing I needed years happiness and success. I began to focus on what I wanted to accomplish with my life. I came to realize all the things my addiction and mental illness had taken from me, and I used my future goals as a reason to never pick up again. Due to the passion that Launch instilled in me, I have pursued my future with excitement and dedication.

  • Nicole

    This place changed my life! I’ve had good laughs, good cries, shared a lot of heart to heart moments and grew a loving bond with everyone at Launch Centers. I will always be grateful!!! I really do miss it time to time. I highly recommend Launch Centers!

  • Joey

    The staff and clinicians are amazing and make you feel right at home from the second you walk in the door. I would absolutely recommend this place for a family member or close friend.

  • Ben

    This treatment facility has changed my life. I have always struggled with my mental health and this young adult program provided me with the necessary skills to launch to adulthood. I commend anyone who struggles with mental health or substance use (which was not me) to try this program out. It will change your life.

  • Conner

    Launch Centers Treatment was a major help to me. The therapists and staff genuinely cared about me and truly helped me to make a plan for my future. My personal therapists helped me to discover where some of my deeper issues came from. All of the staff worked tirelessly with me to talk through my issues, or just about life, and offered realistic solutions to my current problems and situation. All of the staff went above and beyond and advocated relentlessly for me. I am very grateful that I was able to have such a wonderful experience with Launch.

  • Adam

    In no uncertain terms Launch Centers changed my life. The staff at Launch are professional, knowledgable and relatable. They keep the format diverse and interesting which kept me engaged in the process. The greatest thing we can do in life is seek to improve ourselves. Launch gave me a skill set I consider to be invaluable in the journey of becoming the best version of myself. I would implore anybody considering Launch to step outside their comfort zone and go, you will not regret it.


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