Being present for your life again: Young adults’ views of recovery
Feb 11, 2022
The Recovery Research Institute in the United States has recently published an article summarising the results from a small qualitative study conducted with 21 to 29 year olds titled “‘Being present for your life again’: Young adults’ views of recovery”. It is estimated that the number of young people in the United States who meet criteria for a substance use disorder is around 14% in 2019, but only 1.7% accessed AOD treatment. The researchers hoped to gain an understanding of young adults' perceptions, to help services to address barriers to engagement.
The participants described the importance of providing holistic services that attend to the various aspects of their lives, which included goals beyond that of just stopping substance use. Some participants were skeptical about the disease model and were critical of some mutual-help groups which they felt took away their agency over the process of changing their pattern of substance use.