Although drug misuse amongst young people maybe declining, those who are misusing drugs are doing so in a very dangerous way. Cannabis is stronger than ever; cocaine is incredibly damaging; ketamine causes immediate physical health problems and using heroin is highly dangerous. Over recent years, there has also been a marked increase in the number of young people using either ‘legal highs’ or other substance which very little is known about.
Young adults face huge pressure in today’s world; the housing market is spiralling out of control; the employment market is highly competitive and expectations are high. Many young people first ‘dabble’ in drugs during school years and fortunately most young adults either stop or cut down as they become more responsible. Unfortunately, others will go further down the road of addiction which usually starts with cannabis and often results in huge consequences and broken families. Regular drug use at this age can also lead to mental health difficulties, particularly depression and anxiety. The knock on effect is that young people suffering with substance misuse will often become more introverted over time and withdraw from the friendship group they may have had at school, became angry with family members and find themselves in a situation which is very hard to change.
Unfortunately, for those under 18, there are very few rehab options available. However for young people aged between 18 and 25, there are some excellent options which can really help to overcome addiction and give them a fresh start. The drug rehab programmes which are successful for young people will involve a variety of therapies including 1-1 counselling, group therapy, written therapy and music therapy. There will also be elements of the programme which include physical exercise, such as boxercise and other fun activities including bike riding, swimming, film and sports. It is important that as part of the rehab programme, young people learn how to have fun without drugs. The Providence Projects have excellent success in helping young people transform their lives.