Young Adult Addiction Treatment Program  

Young Adult Addiction Treatment

At PACE Recovery Center we specialize in the treatment of young adults (18-30). This age group greatly benefits from evidence based treatment tailored to their unique needs. PACE addresses these critical needs through its expert staff and therapeutic treatment offerings for this cohort.


Pace has an expert staff consisting of Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists and CAADAC counselors. Our professionals have extensive and comprehensive experience working in the field of addiction and recovery and each offer a comparative advantage in their therapeutic approach with clients. Our therapists utilize various modalities of treatment including CBT, DBT, EMDR, Narrative, Existential, Attachment Based and Experiential Therapy.

Experiential Therapy

An important part of sobriety for young adults is learning that life can by fulfilling and fun without mind altering substances. Our young men participate in weekly activities aimed at address various therapeutic topics through a more tangible and hands on approach. For example, on weekends, clients participate in activities aimed at associating fun activities with sobriety rather than addiction. Clients can find themselves on the beach Wednesday playing volleyball, and bungee jumping Saturday. Nothing like a natural adrenaline rush to stimulate the senses! Naturally emotions (both good and bad), triggers and challenges arise when young adults begin to experience life while sober without the senses dulled by substances. When these experiences come up, they have our support staff by their side to help coax them so that they can gain the skills to walk through them alone, as capable young adults.

Family Involvement

It is imperative for young adults family members to remain involved in the process. The transition into adulthood presents its own unique challenges for families including developing new boundaries, both emotionally and financially. The goal for young adults is to become more independent and autonomous at this stage in life. When we add addiction into this already challenging transition, it becomes important to ensure healthy boundaries are established. Addiction impacts more than just the person struggling with it; it affects the entire family system. Family dynamics of enabling, co-dependency, the lack of healthy boundaries or communication can allow space for the addiction to thrive and reek havoc on loved ones. At PACE, we work closely with family members and loved ones of young adults by educating them on addiction, helping them establish new and healthy boundaries and new communication patterns. Families are encouraged to attend our PACE family program offered quarterly.

Transitioning Back into Society

One of the most crucial steps in the recovery process is the transition from intensive inpatient treatment to lower levels of care. At PACE we provide a phase system designed to gradually increase freedoms and independence. By Phase 3 a client will be attending Life Skills groups designed at preparing them for various life responsibilities including job interviewing, resume writing, budgeting, time management, etc. It is in this phase that clients are beginning to take steps to transition into the next phase of treatment by interviewing for jobs, internships, or applying and preparing to go back to school.

Transitional Program/Life Skills

The majority of our young adult clients graduate into our Transitional Program. During this phase of treatment clients are actively working or attending school with transportation provided by PACE. Clients are still able to attend groups, individual therapy and case management sessions. After successfully completing Transitional Living, clients graduate to Sober Living and our Outpatient Program. PACE helps clients find appropriate placement in reputable sober living facilities where clients will live with other sober individuals. Clients will continue to work/go to school and in our Outpatient Program and attend 1 group therapy session a week, 1 therapy session a week, and 1 case management session a week, as well as routine drug testing. PACE prides itself on helping many young adults achieve 1 year of sobriety while they are with us. Clients will graduate through the phases of our Outpatient Program, gradually minimizing the amount of sessions they attend. PACE also has an impressive Alumni Association that clients become members of after graduating. The PACE alumni have frequent opportunities to gather at BBQ’s, theme parks, sporting events and other fun activities planned by the Alumni Committee, as well as in-house AA/NA Alumni meetings.

Accurate Diagnosis

For some dual diagnosis clients, it is imperative to get an accurate mental health diagnosis. This is usually not possible to do until an individual is sober for awhile. When an individual is under the influence of addictive substances (and shortly thereafter) these substances will have obvious effects on thoughts, behaviors and feelings that may mimic various mental health diagnoses.   For appropriate clients when indicated, we can refer clients to consulting Psychologists that can provide extensive batteries of psychological testing to help gather an accurate diagnosis.

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