Alcohol abuse can occur at any age, and the highest rates of illicit drug usage actually occur in adults aged 18 to 20 years old. Treatment is still available to these individuals though, and it is vital that it be designed for the needs of someone at this age. Unfortunately, not many people in this age group ever receive treatment and those who do usually experience poor outcomes with high relapse rates.
Again, this highlights the importance of finding a treatment plan geared for this age group. One of the most complex pieces of treating alcohol abuse at this young age is identifying the disorder. Many individuals who abuse alcohol do not realize that they are struggling with abuse because drinking looks differently between an adult under 21 and an adult over 21. Many of these individuals may never receive a driver’s license (and thus never receive a DUI), may never have used alcohol at a bar, or may never have experienced losses similar to older adults with alcohol use disorder.
To remedy this, education is necessary. People need to be aware of what alcohol use disorder looks like in a person this young, which will allow both the one with the disorder and that individual’s friends and family to identify the problem. From there, encouragement to seek treatment can begin, and research into the right treatment program can be completed. Thankfully, there are treatments specifically designed to aid those in this age group. Inpatient treatments occur when you go to a residency that is medically supervised 24-hours a day. The length of stay is often highly dependent on the person seeking treatment, and the specific therapies and medications can, with the help of an alcohol addiction specialist, be individualized. Once inpatient treatment is complete, you will transition to a sober living home.
The sober living home will help you become used to and involved in a sober life, aid in making friends who have had similar struggles, and integrate techniques to avoid relapse. Perhaps most importantly, you will finally be reintegrated into society and will need ongoing counseling and support. For some, the counseling entails one-on-one sessions or group therapy. Support comes from friends, family, and other people involved in treatment. Support groups can also be incredibly helpful in maintaining a sober lifestyle. While it may appear bleak, there is a treatment for people who are addicted to alcohol and aged 18 to 21 years. If you are ready to seek help, our counselors are available 24 hours a day and waiting for your call at 855-807-4673.