How a Recovery Lifestyle
Empowers Young Adults
Recovery isn’t just a “one and done” goal—it’s an ongoing journey that empowers and enriches young adults. A recovery lifestyle encompasses every aspect of day-to-day living, and yields fulfilling relationships, strong bonds with family and community, and a sense of deep connection with one’s own purpose and meaning. Entering treatment is the first step in developing the foundation for recovery.
When to Seek Help
Have you or a loved one been suffering from feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anxiety? Are you using drugs or alcohol to self-medicate distress and painful emotions? If yes, this is the time to seek help.
You can start with your family doctor, or call a local therapist’s office or treatment center. Don’t wait, because these issues don’t get better on their own. Furthermore, all of these conditions increase the risk of suicide in young adults.
In addition, treatment for mental health and substance abuse should be integrated, comprehensive, and trauma focused. When treatment is too brief and doesn’t provide the skills for a recovery lifestyle, there is a greater risk of relapse.
What Is a Recovery Lifestyle?
Personal recovery isn’t just about stopping drug use or drinking. It also refers to healing from the trauma and related mental health disorders that lie at the root of substance abuse, self-harm, eating disorders, and other co-occurring disorders. For young adults in recovery, the key to sustainable healing is building a life that supports ongoing positive change.
The recovery lifestyle also acknowledges that there will be setbacks along the journey, and therefore, it is essential to develop resilience. Resilience is the ability to return to a healthy baseline and resume forward motion after a relapse or return to old, unhealthy habits. Therefore, recovery work involves addressing underlying issues, understanding your triggers and vulnerabilities, and finding healthy practices and self-care approaches to replace unhealthy coping mechanisms.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines recovery as “a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”
Moreover, SAMHSA has pinpointed four key dimensions of a recovery lifestyle.
includes abstaining from drugs and alcohol; practicing self-care through exercise, good nutrition, and regular sleep habits; and addressing emotional and mental health needs.
refers to a safe, stable place to live. That might be a college dorm, at home with parents, in a sober living community, or with roommates who also adhere to a recovery lifestyle.
describes the daily activities that give life meaning, such as school or a job, activist work you’re passionate about, creative expression, and/or volunteering in your community.
is made up friends, family, support networks like a 12-Step group or recovery community, and other relationships that create authentic connection and a sense of belonging.
What to Expect
Treatment for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, and other mental health disorders can help you or your loved one achieve sustainable healing and create a foundation for recovery. During and after treatment, your recovery lifestyle may include any of the following:
- Developing a support network
- Replacing toxic friendships with authentic connections
- Building healthy self-care habits
- Establishing a daily routine that includes both fun and meaningful activities
- Finding a living situation that encourages recovery
- Using a 12-Step approach or other evidence-based relapse-prevention method.
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Recovery Lifestyle at Newport Institute
During residential or outpatient treatment at Newport Institute, young adults in recovery benefit from supportive mentors and a community of peers. Our recovery model includes a variety of evidence-based clinical, experiential, and academic/life skills modalities. We establish a foundation for recovery through 12-Step meetings and the 12-Step philosophy.
Recovery Lifestyle at Newport Institute: Residential Treatment
Residential treatment offers comprehensive care and an immersive experience in the recovery lifestyle. The daily schedule includes individual therapy, group sessions, recovery work with counselors, and time in our Learning Lab.
Recovery Lifestyle at Newport Institute: Outpatient Treatment
Our Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Programs are designed for young adults who are stepping down from residential treatment, as well as those who need multifaceted support as they face the challenges of emerging adulthood.