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As director of Sanctuary House of S. Florida, I u seeing trends in several categories of clients, i.e., age, drug of choice, work history, and upbringing.
First, let me start by saying that it is my opinion that the age groups of 18-40 have the toughest time in establishing and maintaining sobriety, while battling addiction. This particular age group seems to have the compounded obstacles of peer pressure, an over exaggerated need to fit in, and coupled with the sex drive attributed to the period of life that defines “young people”. In counseling young clients, it has been my experience that an inordinate amount of time is spent discussing issues of “fitting in”.
While obtaining the feeling of being a part of the whole, reminding this age group often includes reassurance in the areas of self-discipline, examining consequences for actions, especially involving others; and the need to give more consideration when electing to date or having casual sexual partners. A great deal of emphasis in placed on friendships/socializing with individuals actively engaged in drinking and the use of drugs. The need to conform more with a recovery program, over the need to be “sociable”, and making efforts to “stay busy” with a schedule, that also helps with the “sobriety killer”, isolation;
Jared C. Cashner, CCR, N.P.
Sanctuary House of S. Florida, Inc.
A Non-Profit Organization
Wilton Manors, FL 33311