Experimenting with drugs or alcohol can affect individuals from a young age. Young adults may develop an addiction that keeps them from completing high school or college, or changes their plans for higher education or their career. Parents may be frustrated that their child is not thriving on their own or while living at home. They want what is best for them, but are unsure how to create motivation and opportunities for their child to succeed.
Northbound’s Collegebound is a college recovery program in Orange County for young adults that offers the unique opportunity for participants to further their education and truly turn their life around, all while within the supportive and highly accountable treatment environment. This program, available at both the inpatient and outpatient levels of care, ensures that clients stay focused on building their recovery while pursuing their education and building a brighter future.
Starting a New Path in Young Adult Addiction Treatment
Addiction and alcoholism often leave those afflicted with a sense of hopelessness, loss of purpose, and damaged sense of self. Northbound’s Collegebound program provides clients with more than just the opportunity to further their education. By enrolling in school, Collegebound participants rediscover their passions, unearth a sense of hope and purpose that has often been long dormant, and enhance the priceless assets of self-efficacy and self-esteem that may have been painfully damaged through active addiction. The young adult rehab program in Orange County allows young adults to see that it is possible to balance their recovery with their education, personal life, and career goals. They can have a social life while still focusing on their studies and actively working a 12-step program.
Collegebound participants may be working toward a GED, or may enroll in local colleges, universities, and trade schools. Through this program, clients are exposed to the real life challenges and stressors that they will face throughout their lives in recovery. They are able to implement, in real-life settings, the coping skills they are developing in treatment, and thus strengthen their recovery and reduce the likelihood of relapse. They begin to forge healthy relationships outside of the treatment community that serve to ease their transition to a more autonomous lifestyle post-rehab. Clients are held highly accountable, and may participate in Collegebound at an outpatient or residential level of care. The opportunity to succeed is there, and Northbound helps young adults get on the right path.
What Services does the Collegebound Program Offer Young Adults?
Through the Collegebound program, young adults who have completed high school or hold an equivalent degree are supported through each step of the enrollment and attendance process at local educational institutions. The Orange County area is rich with opportunities for higher education, and Northbound has established strong working relationships with numerous local colleges, universities, and trade schools. Those who have not yet completed high school or obtained a GED are provided the guidance and mentoring necessary to do so. Specific services offered include:
• Course Selection Assistance
• Goal Setting and Accountability
• Transcript Coordination
• Organizational Skills Development
• Monitored Study Sessions
• Transportation *for residential clients
• Community of Other Sober Young Adults also Pursuing Education
• Ongoing Drug Testing
Collegebound participants continue to engage in all aspects of treatment including meeting with their therapist, attending groups, engaging in addiction education, and working the 12-steps. Sobriety comes first – clients are guided in learning to balance this with other real-life responsibilities. Young adults develop the independence, confidence, motivation and skills they need to transition back into society and eventually enter the workforce – all while maintaining and strengthening their recovery efforts.
Balancing Dual Diagnosis and Education
It is not uncommon for young adults to struggle with both addiction and mental health issues. The stress of college can exacerbate problems. Northbound works with our clients to overcome these challenges and understand the role of mental health in their overall well-being. Evidence-based therapies and modalities are used to help clients manage mental health, abstain from substance use and learn healthier coping strategies. These skills are very beneficial as they pursue their educational goals and deal with everyday challenges that arise while living life on life’s terms.
Is Collegebound the Right Program for Me or a Loved One?
According to a 2015 study by the National Center for Education Statistics, the employment rate for young adults (aged 20 to 24) without a high school diploma was 51 percent. With a high school diploma this rose to 67 percent, and with a bachelor’s degree, it jumped to 89 percent. Having an education is important for the future. Northbound supports clients who want to build a brighter future and pursue their career goals by providing them with the resources and supports they need to develop a comprehensive recovery lifestyle.
If you or your loved one are ready to move forward and open doors to new opportunities, the Collegebound program may be the right addition to your addiction treatment program. Going to school while in recovery can be challenging, but provides the precious opportunity to refocus your goals and get your life on a more fulfilling path. Let Northbound walk alongside you each step of the way and provide the support, community, and accountability to empower you to be the most successful version of yourself. As part of Northbound’s transitional living services, the Collegebound program can help you bridge the gap between treatment and a sustainable life in recovery.