Alcohol and Drug Rehab Centers for Young Adults

Alcohol and Drug rehabs for young adults are a special profession. The, what we call, “failure to launch” crowd is a core factor of why Renaissance Recovery is in business today. Among our leadership, there are countless success stories in which the young adult crowd consists of. 

And, if you’re concerned about your young adult son or daughter’s drug use, it’s time for you to reach out too.

Looking down on addicted people is now an outmoded attitude. The medical consensus among the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), and the National Institute of Drug Abuse and Alcoholism (NIDAA) is that addiction is a disease and not a sign of weakness or a moral failure.

Due to the current opioid crisis, more resources are becoming available to treat addiction. So if you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction there should be a way to get you or your loved one into a treatment center so they can start getting well.

 As addiction is a progressive disease, treatment is needed sooner rather than later.

A progressive disease is an illness that is never cured, but can be halted. Addiction can never be cured, but a person can successfully maintain a permanent recovery.

Thousands of people have successfully recovered from addictions, and thousands more continue to do so daily.

But, a person will struggle to stay substance-free without the right assistance. Here, we explain what a young person needs to become substance-free and pursue a happy and fruitful life.

How Drugs Affect The Brains of Young Adults

As a teenager grows into adulthood, their brain is still developing and is still not grown fully. The part of the brain responsible for self-control and emotions is the prefrontal cortex. As this part of the teenage brain isn’t fully developed they are more likely to engage in risky behavior such as experimenting with drugs and bowing to peer pressure.

Unfortunately, if a young adult starts taking drugs during these formative years it can compromise their cognitive and social development.

For example, a 2016 study found that teens who used marijuana heavily, lost a couple of IQ points compared to their peers. However, the study did also point out that teens who used marijuana were likely to come from family environments that could be responsible for cognitive decline and marijuana use. 

As teens’ brains are still developing, drug and alcohol use can alter the brain’s chemistry permanently, and make them more likely to become addicted to substances.

Mental Health in Teens

Mental health disorders can compound the struggles of a teenager. Pressures to conform, get good grades at school, move out of home, and become an adult are difficult enough. But, when a young adult suffers with mental health problems it can increase the likelihood of them turning to drugs or alcohol to escape difficult emotions.

It is common for addicted people to have one or more undiagnosed mental health conditions. When a person has an addiction as well as co-occurring mental health disorders it is called ‘dual diagnosis’ or ‘co-occurring disorders.’

To treat addiction successfully it is necessary to treat mental health problems first.

 It is believed that every person with an addiction is struggling with an unresolved emotional trauma from childhood. It is possible to struggle with a traumatic experience even if a person can’t remember it.

A quality treatment center should have skilled mental health professionals who are able to accurately diagnose mental health disorders and advise on the correct course of treatment. 

Finding Treatment

The first step in recovery from drugs or alcohol is to reach out 

You can start by contacting treatment centers in Orange County, California such as Renaissance Recovery to discuss treatment options.

If you’re performing an intervention on a young adult, you’ll want to get the treatment program ready and waiting. If you manage to convince an addicted young adult to get treatment, you’ll want to be able to whisk them off to the treatment center right away.

The thing with interventions is that you only have a short window in which to act. Give it a few hours or days, they could start to change their mind and you’ll have to start the process again.

Before you perform the intervention you’ll need to set up the treatment program, the funding, the accommodation, and even have a backpack ready for when you get the nod.

Alcohol & Drug Rehab at Renaissance Recovery

Addiction is an isolating disease. 

Typically, addicted young people feel very alone and experience extreme loneliness.

When a young adult arrives at an addiction treatment center, they need to feel safe, comfortable, and loved. Over time, as they interact with staff and other patients, they realize they’re not alone and can start to come out of their shell. This is the next step to forging a new life in recovery.

 Young adults can be full of anger and frustration, and perhaps aren’t used to conveying their feelings. A good treatment program will have a team of staff who can see beyond a person’s emotional outbursts, and reach out for the person inside that needs help.


The type of treatment program a person attends will depend on the severity of the addiction, how long the person has been addicted, and whether they are struggling with co-occurring mental health disorders. 

Renaissance Recovery in Orange County, California, for instance, offers a wide range of services to help young adults overcome mental illness and addiction. It’s vital to address any mental health problems before tackling substance abuse.

Depending on the outcomes of the assessment, a young adult may attend programs such as:

Skilled and Trained Staff

The success of a drug or mental health treatment program rests largely on the shoulders of the staff who deliver the treatment.

Successful treatment requires accurate diagnosis of mental health problems. Untangling mental health disorders from substance use impairment can be tricky and requires the expert opinion of a skilled mental health professional. 

At Renaissance Recovery, many staff have been through the drug or alcohol treatment experience and are in recovery themselves.

Positive role models are a powerful force in a young person’s recovery.

A positive, caring and supportive environment is perhaps the most vital aspect to a successful treatment program. It is the role of staff at a treatment center to reassure patients and make them feel safe and comfortable.

Most treatment programs begin with a detox process, which can get tough. Staff at Renaissance Recovery understand the detoxification process and are available to provide support at each step. 

Treatment Programs at Renaissance Recovery

Renaissance Recovery offers a range of treatment for addiction. The programs vary in intensity and flexibility.

The treatment that is right for you will depend on your finances, your needs, and circumstances.

You may attend any of our programs such as:

In an ideal world, every person who needs treatment would attend a residential treatment program. By staying on site a person is shielded from the daily stressors and triggers that can cause a person to relapse.

Residential programs are also effective in keeping people occupied during treatment so that they don’t feel bored or triggered. The structured program includes activities such as mindfulness, experiential therapies, and life skills. The program is designed to teach young adults that sobriety is fun.

 Therapies available at Renaissance Recovery include; 

Young adult rehab also incorporates preparing for life in recovery by providing help with:

  • Mental health support
  • Assistance with housing
  • Help with literacy
  • Job readiness and vocational skills support
  • Physical fitness
  • Parenting classes
  • Health education
  • Life skills development
  • Anger management training

The challenges of staying free from substances can be managed so much more effectively when a person is receiving support with these important life skills. Renaissance Recovery helps young adults achieve sobriety and enjoy a new and sober life. 


Renaissance Recovery has a number of location around California including: 

  • Santa Ana
  • Malibu
  • Los Angeles
  • Long Beach

Both our residential and outpatient sober living homes are well-presented and stylish premises.

Activities for Sobriety

At Renaissance Recovery getting sober means enjoying life how it should be: to the full.

Our program offers an exciting program of sports and fun activities that young adults in rehab can enjoy with their peers.

Patients on the program won’t have time to dwell on their problems or withdrawal symptoms. Activities include: 

  • Surfing
  • Paintballing
  • Go Karting
  • Hiking at Crystal Cove and Runyon Canyon
  • Snowboarding
  • Paddleboarding
  • Beach bonfires

These fun and engaging activities are vital to instilling a sense of fun in young adults in recovery. Renaissance Recovery understands what it’s like for young people who are struggling with addiction.

Our treatment centers are focused on making young adults feel counted and safe. This is key to setting the right foundation for a successful recovery.