Why People Turn to Drugs and Alcohol
As a teen or young adult, a person’s reasons for drinking and using drugs are different from those of an older person. When someone is young, they are often fun-seeking and bent on fitting in with the crowd. Relaxing, getting high or buzzed, alleviating depressed feelings or staying up at night are the most common reasons young people use drugs and alcohol.
For some, the drug abuse and alcohol consumption becomes more frequent.
People also use drugs and alcohol to cope with the challenges in life. Although events and circumstances certainly affect our lives, we are not mere victims without the ability to choose our responses, at least at the onset of drug or alcohol use. Learning to choose healthy coping mechanisms instead can make all the difference.
The Typical American Twenty-Something Life
A person’s way of life in their 20s may be comprised of:
- Drinking heavily
- Dating multiple people
- Going to night clubs, dance clubs and bars
- Smoking tobacco or weed
- A focus on spending time with friends and socializing
If left unchecked, this lifestyle can evolve into:
- Heavy drinking
- Binge drinking
- Experimentation with recreational drugs
- Addiction to drugs and/or alcohol
- Other negative habits
How Rehab Can Help You Let Go of a Party Lifestyle
“Adulting” is hard. The mere thought of doing all the things required for a mature and responsible life can bring on a quarter-life crisis.
Showing up to a work cubicle every single day at 7:30 a.m. – hungover or not – gets old on about day three. Adulthood brings realizations like the trash doesn’t take itself out, clothes don’t wash themselves, and appointments and budgets must be made and kept or consequences ensue.
Research shows that most addicts quit using illegal drugs by the age of 30. But sometimes those in their 20s and early 30s can have trouble leaving their youthful lifestyle behind and embracing more suitable choices in fitting in with their new age demographic.
We all need support and help at times. For those who struggle to leave that young party lifestyle behind, rehab can be a healing getaway/retreat, restoring one’s true sense of self and life goals.
Letting Go of a Party Lifestyle Before Middle Age
It’s normal to want to fit in with peers. It’s not always expedient, but it’s a normal feeling. And it’s common to fall into drug and alcohol abuse due to challenging circumstances.
However, when one becomes more self-aware or sees their peers moving on to create more fulfilling and mature lifestyles, these realizations often trigger a longing within for something more.
If a partying way of life is not addressed and continues well into a person’s 30s, a serious addiction problem usually occurs. It is so much easier to fix any issues before they are full-blown addictions.
Rehab – Not Just for Rock-Bottom Addicts
There is a popular misconception floating around that rehab is a place only for addicts that have hit rock bottom. They have abused drugs or alcohol to the point they’ve destroyed their lives and pulled others along in the wake of their crashing world.
There is little evidence to suggest that waiting until a person hits their personal rock bottom correlates to their recovery success; not to mention, it’s dangerous.
While rehab is certainly necessary for those at the severe end of the spectrum, and addiction is a spectrum disorder, rehab is also helpful for people who are simply trying to give up their dependent habits or seek out a new lifestyle.
Self-improvement is a noble undertaking regardless of the propelling circumstances.
A Lifestyle Retreat
Life should be fun, happy and fulfilling.
Without overcoming obstacles and self-improvement, staying stuck in the guilt and shame of partying too much prevents ultimate happiness and fulfillment.
What is a lifestyle retreat? It’s a chance for a getaway where people:
- Escape their normal routine and lifestyle.
- Take serious inventory of their lives.
- Meditate on who they are and what they want in life.
- Get individualized care and attention in getting sober and attaining healthier values.
- Let go of dependent habits and/or a party lifestyle.
- Make new goals for their lives and futures.
What Do You Want Your Life to Look Like in 5 Years?
As people approach their 30s, life changes and we become more family-focused and career-minded. We become more interested in eating healthfully and exercising to take care of ourselves. These are natural changes in lifestyle as we mature.
Making the transition can be more difficult for some than others. It is healthy for twenty-somethings — despite their inner conflicting desires — to join their peers and make these responsible changes.
The Elevate program helps people develop a rewarding and fulfilling life within a slower-paced and sober lifestyle. Experiential therapy and group activities coupled with a beautiful setting as well as treatment for physical, emotional and spiritual healing dispel the traditional view of rehab. Nutrition education is included, as is guidance in finding an enjoyable exercise routine that works just right for the individual in recovery.
Those in their 20s and 30s having anxieties about entering a new phase of adulthood can learn the skills necessary to create a more meaningful and positive life by entering the Elevate addiction recovery program.