Considerations for treating today’s Young Adults with a SUD

Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Virtual - WebEx


Young adults present with a unique set of developmental and treatment needs. They straddle the developmental chasm between adolescence and adulthood, often displaying behaviors that are characteristic of both stages. This training will present an examination of developmental considerations of young adults. Participants will be exposed to concomitant clinical considerations when selecting methodologies for intervention with young adults and their families. In addition, treating young adults struggling with opioid addition introduces practical ethical consideration as relates to the interface with external stakeholders, including the judicial system. These nuances will be explored with the aim of helping treatment providers navigate legal and ethical considerations in treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the bio-psychosocial developmental trajectory from adolescence to adulthood.
  • Explain the importance of the peer network and connect with implications for the development and maintenance of substance use disorders (SUDs).
  • Outline research support for concept of adolescence and young adulthood as a critical period for the development of substance use disorders.
  • Apply the concept of “failure to launch” as it pertains to development tasks within a family system.
  • Explain the adaptive renegotiation of roles for individuation with the family system
  • Discuss strategies for supporting trust in the clinical relationship, while supporting adherence to and compliance with external stakeholder oversight and treatment involvement.

Recovery Centers of America has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7002. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Recovery Centers of America is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This course qualifies for 2 credit hours.