Why Online Outpatient Treatment Programs Work for Young People
When addiction really starts to impact your life, it can feel like everything is spiraling out of control. If you’ve realized that you can’t overcome your addiction alone, it’s time to take action. Although AA and inpatient treatment facilities remain incredibly popular, you’ll be glad to know they’re not your only choices.
Thanks to a drastically different approach, more people than ever are using an online outpatient treatment program to find their life’s purpose, overcome addictions, and improve their overall health and wellbeing. Here’s what you need to know about what to expect and why it works.
What is an Online Outpatient Treatment Program?
Rather than put your life on hold for intensive treatment, online programs give you access to a live chatroom where you’ll connect with other people just like you. Whether you use this as your sole treatment option or as a supplement to face-to-face therapy, you’ll find that it’s a highly effective approach and an excellent starting point for getting your life back on track.
Top 5 Benefits for Young People
There are many reasons why young people avoid going to rehab. These are the same reasons why traditional treatment often doesn’t work. Once you consider the benefits of online outpatient treatment, you’ll understand why it’s becoming so popular.
-Effectiveness (include statistics w/ links)
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 27 million Americans, or 10.2% of the American population over the age of 12 reported using illicit drugs in 2014. In a Yale study, it talks about why changes in a young persons brain increases the chance of addiction. Here are 4 points pulled from their study as to why:
The Yale study has four key implications.
First, the longer that adolescents can delay alcohol and other drug use, the less their chance of becoming addicted. Previous research, including a January 1998 study from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), links early drug use with significantly higher risk of addiction. Programs to prevent drug use must start early, before kids become teenagers.
Second, we can no longer afford to dismiss teenage drug experiments as harmless rites of passage. Even a single incident of alcohol or other drug use can have implications for a lifetime. It means early intervention programs for substance abusers are increasingly important. The NIAAA reports that nearly 50 percent of adolescents have had at least one drink by the time they reach the eighth grade–and over 20 percent report having been drunk.
Third, we need to look beyond genetic influences and peer pressure to use drugs as sources of addiction risk. “Several lines of evidence suggest that sociocultural aspects particular to adolescent life alone do not fully account for greater drug intake,” says Chambers. The Yale study, he adds, confirms that “a neurodevelopmental stage common to virtually everyone regardless of genetic make-up confers enhanced neurobiological vulnerability to addiction.”
Finally, Reedy points out, “among teenagers who enter treatment for addiction, many of the behaviors that we might view as ‘out of control’ are simply adolescent behaviors–products of a developing brain. While in treatment, teenagers often need more external controls and structures than we give to adults. When we remember this, we’re more likely to provide treatment that works.”
If you’re ready to experience how an online outpatient treatment program can help you, there’s no time like the present. Contact us today to learn more and get started.