Age-Specific Treatment Programs at Recovery Ways
Substance abuse and mental illness does not discriminate — not by race, gender or socioeconomic status, and not by age. Men and women can find themselves struggling with these concerns at any stage of life, from early adolescence to late adulthood. Recovery Ways provides an age-specific treatment program in UT to address individuals.
Throughout a person’s lifespan a diagnosis might be the same regardless of age, the events and stressors that draw a person to substance abuse are often quite different based on where an individual is in their life. For example, a person in their early 20s may experience peer pressure or worry about their future, while someone approaching middle age might be dealing with burnout or marital infidelity. In turn, clients will need age-appropriate tools and skills to overcome their concerns and manage them in daily life.
In a treatment setting, it’s vital to be attuned to the types of external factors that could influence each client’s personal struggle with addiction or mental health. At Recovery Ways, age-specific programming is one of the approaches we use to address the individuality of each of our clients. With age-specific tracks, we ensure that each person leaves treatment via the path to recovery that makes the most sense for their stage of life, thus setting them up for long-term success.
Why Do Age-Specific Programs Matter?
The one-size-fits-all approach to addiction and mental health treatment is outdated. Recovery Ways has a deep understanding of the importance of individualized care — we know that our clients can best achieve long-lasting and sustainable recovery when we provide them with coping mechanisms and management techniques that match their needs and abilities. It just doesn’t make sense to use the same approaches for a man in his 40s who has turned to alcohol to cope with the pain of losing a parent, and for a young woman who started abusing stimulants to keep up with the demands of paying her own way through college. Recovery Ways addiction treatment programs in Utah are tailor to each client.
Additionally, clients with vastly different life experiences may struggle to relate to one another. Supportive group therapy and social interaction are vital components of a successful recovery program. We want our clients to form constructive relationships with one another and help each other as they embark on their journeys of recovery together. We want to foster empathy and encourage our clients to move away from the isolation of addiction and mental illness. This is best accomplished when clients are surrounded by others who they feel connected to, such as those of a similar age or stage of life in the age-specific program.
Recovery Ways addresses these pitfalls by offering age-specific programs. Our two tracks for young adults and adults are designed to address the disparate worries, struggles and limitations of each age group. We utilize different approaches in each program to optimally engage our clients in their treatment, helping them replace feelings of exclusion and isolation with understanding and support, no matter where they are in life.