Challenges Facing Young Adults in Recovery

Challenges Facing Young Adults in Recovery

Completing school is a common challenge for young adults who are in addiction recovery

Challenges occur throughout life, and people in various walks of life face similar problems. Recovering addicts all face the challenge of avoiding relapse, but young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 may face a set of challenges that other age groups may not. These challenges include schooling, entering the workforce and building a personal identity.

Schooling During Addiction Recovery

Completing school is a common challenge for young adults who are in addiction recovery. Drug addicts may experience difficulties in school, which thwarts opportunities to develop time-management and study skills. This issue can cause a great deal of stress when seeking an education during recovery.

Unfortunately, the added stress of school assignments and tests can create temptation for recovering addicts—they may seek to escape their daily stress with a drink or pill. In the end, this kind of drug abuse may become habitual, but therapy and continued treatment can build coping skills that avoid drug and alcohol  abuse.

Entering the Workforce

Another challenge for young adults in addiction recovery is entering the workforce. Many recovering addicts feel anxious when applying and interviewing for jobs, because they fear their addiction will keep them unemployed. This fear may be so great that some of these people avoid applying for jobs altogether. However, most recovering addicts who dedicate time and effort to job applications and interviews can find a job. However, even after a job hunt ends for a recovering addict, then additional challenges may arise. Beginning a new job is stressful, even for those without a history of addiction, but recovering addicts must adjust to the change in a rigid schedule while coping with added stressors. Self-doubt may also interfere with the initial period of new employment. To cope, young people must develop the confidence they need to avoid relapse.

Building an Identity

Even for those who avoid the challenges of schooling and entering the workforce, it is difficult to build an identity for young adults in addiction recovery. Young adulthood is a time when people establish who they are in the world, so they must think about and seek their ambition. Unfortunately, this process can challenge those people in recovery, because drugs can leave young adults feeling conflicted and confused about who they are. This fact rings especially true if drug or alcohol use began at a young age, so young adults in recovery must put figure out who they want to be so they can make appropriate choices. Therapy and support groups can help recovering addicts discover these personal desires.

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By choosing recovery, you are taking the first step toward happiness and self-fulfillment. If you or a loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol, then please call our toll-free helpline now. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you have about treatment for drug or alcohol addiction, so call now to begin recovery as soon as possible.