GED Preparation

GED preparation is a must in any rehab program that services a large volume of young adults. If a rehab center tends to regularly provide addiction recovery services for those who are between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five, then it is a wise choice to include GED services to such clients. These types of services would prepare the client for the general education development test that measures proficiency in science, mathematics, social studies, reading, and writing, all of which gives patients the opportunity to gain an American high school level of academic skills that will help them greatly in the future.

Education and knowledge is perhaps the absolute greatest weapon that recovering addicts have against relapse. Sure enough, those recovering addicts who go on to study new fields and increase their understanding of key issues tend to make big progress in life and are not nearly as likely to relapse in the long run. The fact of the matter is, relapse is often brought on because a recovering addict is not changing his or her condition in life at all. Education holds the key to advancement in society, and if a recovering addict does not advance, it is not likely that he or she will make any progress of any real kind. This is why now more than ever rehab centers needs to ensure the proper educational advancement of their clients.

Young Adult Addiction in the Nation Today

Young adult substance abuse is now on a serious level that is more concerning than it ever has been before. The numbers of those addicted and the effects that addiction has had on young adults has been of epidemic level proportions. For some of the real data on this issue:

  • The percentages for suicidal thoughts and suicide plans among adults of the age of 18 or older were stable in most years between 2008 and 2015 but spiked this year so far in 2016. Young adults of the age of 18 to 25 in 2015 were actually more likely than adults in other age groups to have serious thoughts of suicide, to have made suicide plans, or to have attempted suicide. Coincidentally, the age range that is most common for suicide is also the age range that is most common for drug and alcohol abuse. Education and a high school diploma play a big role in this, with youngsters who do not finish high school averaging at twice the likelihood of committing suicide than those who do.
  • There has been a major increase in serious thoughts of suicide among young adults between the ages of 2014 and 2015 (from 7.5 to 8.3 percent). The percentage of those aged 18 or older who attempted suicide was similar in most years between 2008 and 2015, but the percentage was slightly higher than the percentages for 2009 and 2014. The change between 2014 and 2015 was mostly due to a significant increase in young adult females (i.e., those aged 18 to 25) who attempted suicide in 2015, up from 1.5 percent in 2014 to a full 2.0 percent in 2015. Similar percentages of males and females aged 18 or older in 2015 had serious thoughts of suicide, made suicide plans, or had attempted suicide, but there were significant differences between males and females aged 18 to 25. Males tend to commit suicide far more often than females do, and they tend to do so in droves too, especially when drug and alcohol abuse is involved. One and the same though, young adults tend to commit suicide because of drugs, because of financial distress, and because of lack of educational attainment, something that GED prep would give them.
  • People of the age of 12 or older were actually a lot less likely to perceive great risk of harm from monthly or weekly marijuana use in the year of 2014 than in 2002 or 2013. This pattern was also observed for youths of the ages of 12 to 17, young adults ages 18 to 25, and adults ages 26 or older even. There also were declines in the percentages of people aged 12 or older who perceived that the use of cocaine or LSD was risky to say the least. This drop in perceived risk of drug use is because of a drop in educational standards and achievements in the nation. This is another reason why rehab centers need to include GED prep in their programs.
  • Consistent with the decrease in the perceptions of marijuana use as being a risky thing to do, past month marijuana use increased over time for the population of the age of 12 or older and for adults of the age of 26 or older. Changes in the binge alcohol use and cigarette use were not as closely related to changes in risk perceptions for binge alcohol use and smoking a pack or more of cigarettes a day as was the case with relationships for marijuana. As a general trend though, drug and alcohol use and abuse is going up for young adults not going down, but it probably would if young adults were better educated and finished high school.

What Rehab Centers Can Do

Drug and alcohol addiction is thought to be at its worst right now. Lots of specialized governmental and non-profit organizations alike feel this way. To aide us and others in ours and others’ quest to inform the populace and educate them on the crisis that is addiction in the nation today, many organizations out there such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Trust for American Health (TAH), have all worked together diligently and continuously and at length to provide such statistical data and cruel yet very, very true evidence on this very real crisis and problem for all to see and bear witness to so that something can be done about it and so that we can all work together to change the dwindling spiral condition of the nation as a whole.

The above statistics and facts shed light on a very real problem with the young adult population of the nation. To help young adults who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, a very smart thing to do is to make sure that they have met the educational requirements for their age to be able to go on and be successful in life in general. This is key and this is necessary and this is needed now more so than ever and if it is not done then those who were using and abusing drugs and alcohol do not stand a very good chance of being able to make a full recovery. A recovering addict’s chances of being able to stay clean and sober for life depend greatly on a recovering addict’s ability to go out into the world and make a life for himself or herself, something that will depend a lot on whether the person has a good education or not.

Addiction rehabilitation centers now more than ever really need to make sure that they educate their clients as well as rehabilitate them. GED programs are now available in many different rehab centers and these programs more than anything will be the ones that make a huge difference in the future success and solvency of recovering addicts.

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