~ By Brooke
Across the nation organizations and individuals are working to prevent teenage use of alcohol and other drugs. However, despite these efforts, adolescents do use these substances and some are becoming addicted. In 2008 Alcoholics Anonymous released results of their general membership survey, showing that 2.3% of their members are under the age of 21. A similar study from Narcotics Anonymous was released in 2010, revealing that 2% of its members were under the age of 21. This totals out to about 30,243 young adults in America in these recovery programs.
Helping youth transition from treatment and into a successful recovery program or lifestyle is paramount. One way to assist young adults in recovery is by promoting peer support groups. Peer support groups can be useful in all stages of treating a drug or alcohol addiction, including helping youth realize they have a substance abuse problem, creating a sober peer community for post-treatment success, and accountability.
Our latest podcast, “Peer Support in Drug & Alcohol Recovery,” features an interview with Greg Williams, who co-authored an article about youth in recovery in our latest issue on adolescent substance abuse. In this interview, Greg shares his insights on why peer support groups are important to the recovery process. He also offers advice on how adults can facilitate these support groups so more youth have access to them.
To listen to this podcast, click here.
Miranda, John de., & Williams, Greg. (2011). Youth in Recovery. The Prevention Researcher, 18(2), 16-19.