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Millennials and Substance Abuse

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The current generation of young adults, typically thought of as those born between the years of 1981 and 1996, are known as millennials. This generation faces may unique challenges, including economic and societal factors that may contribute to a slow progression into adulthood, a lack of independence, and poor mental health. Young adults have always been at an increased risk of substance abuse compared to other groups due to cultural reasons and their lack of family responsibilities. However, now that millennials are facing economic hardship and settling down later in life, they are especially susceptible to using drugs or alcohol to self-medicate when faced with the pressures of adulthood.

How Millennials Differ

While the traditional job path was once fairly straightforward, it is no longer a simple and direct option available to most young adults. The concept of graduating from college, finding an entry-level job with great benefits, and working your way up within a company to begin making more money and living a comfortable, middle-class life is a dream that many millennials find out of their reach. Instead, many individuals in this generation find themselves working multiple minimum wage jobs or side-gigs after college, while also weighed down with immense student loan debt they are unable to pay off. This common situation can cause many young adults to live at home with their parents far longer than what was once considered traditional, and in doing so, lose their independence and self-esteem.

The Effects Millennials Face

This loss of an independent adult identity coupled with the financial strain faced by many millennials can cause symptoms of anxiety and depression. Without a career or a family of their own to feel obligated towards, many millennials turn to drugs or alcohol use to cope with their stressful situations. In doing so, it is common for millennials to develop addictions, only further complicating their lives and making establishing independence nearly impossible without seeking help to get sober.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, now is the time to reach out for help. At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals who understand addiction in all its forms. The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan. We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit so you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us today at 844-413-2690.