12 step program

twelve / step / prō.gram


The 12 step program is an organized type of treatment employing a set of guiding principles (sometimes accepted by members as being 'spiritual principles') outlining a course of action for tackling problems including alcoholism, drug addiction and compulsion. Originally designed to treat alcoholism, the 12 steps has branched out as a rehabilitative tool assisting addicts in recovering from all types of addiction, such as substance abuse or behavioral/process addictions.

The 12 steps are as follows:

  1. We admitted we were powerless over addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

The 12 steps has proven to be a powerful system of recovery that has helped millions of people overcome addiction, world-wide. While it is not the only form of the recovery process, the 12 steps is the most widely used recovery system in rehabilitative institutions. This is due to martial arts’ therapeutic, physical fitness and spiritual properties that it provides for those who practice the art.

12 steps

twel.ve / steps


12 steps is a set of guiding principles (sometimes accepted by members as being 'spiritual principles') outlining a course of action for tackling problems including alcoholism, drug addiction, and compulsion. Originally designed to treat alcoholism, the 12 steps has branched out as a rehabilitative tool assisting addicts in recovering from all types of addiction, such as substance abuse or behavioral/process addictions.

The 12 steps are as follows:

  1. We admitted we were powerless over addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

The 12 steps has proven to be a powerful system of recovery that has helped millions of people overcome addiction, world-wide. While it is not the only form of the recovery process, the 12 steps is the most widely used recovery system in rehabilitative institutions. This is due to martial arts’ therapeutic, physical fitness and spiritual properties that it provides for those who practice the art.




Adulthood is the timeframe of growth in a person’s life when physical maturation has been attained. During adulthood, specific biologic, mental, cultural, individual characteristics, and various other developments concerned with getting older take place. Post-adolescence is a period that is often grouped into categories by age, from young adulthood, which is typically considered to be between the ages of 19 and 45.

Adulthood, much like adolescence, can be a turbulent and difficult transitional period for many young men and women. When young men and women struggle with transitioning into adulthood, they will sometimes self-medicate, or distract themselves with negative behaviors such as drug/alcohol abuse, which in turn, can cause depression and eventually lead to fatal consequences. It is for this reason that it is imperative for young adults to seek assistance if they find the transition into adulthood too difficult or overwhelming.





Adversity is the daily hardships and trials that life brings. Adversity is a common obstacle that has the ability to change a person: for the better or worse. An individual has the choice, when meeting adversity, to overcome and grow stronger, or to be defeated and overwhelmed.

Adversities are a part of life that every person encounters and must face. They are different for each person and vary in terms of severity. Adversity can coming the form of the loss of a loved, the loss of employment, to trivial mishaps like the loss of one’s car keys. Whatever the type or severity, adversity causes a setback for a person to manage. Although this notion sounds contrary, if focused the right way, adversity can be a person’s greatest tool in achieving personal strength.

It is imperative for individuals who face some sort of adversity, to overcome that adversity and use it as a tool to gain strength and knowledge. Additionally, the more adversity one overcomes, the more efficient they will become in overcoming larger, and more severe adversities in the future.

Anger management

an·ger/ /man·age·ment


Anger management is the exercise of recognizing signs of one’s anger, and then, taking action in order to calm oneself down. It is through this action that the angered person is then able to cope with anger in a positive and productive manner.

Managing anger is often, a very frustrating and arduous process. However, having effective anger management skills is crucial for a functioning adult to possess. Without anger management skills, an individual is at risk of committing life-changing actions that may result in serious consequences. For this reason, it is imperative for individuals, who lack anger management skills, to seek immediate treatment for their anger issues.

There are many different treatment options for young adults who struggle with managing their anger. Individual and group therapy outpatient programs, as well as residential inpatient treatment programs, are viable options for a young man or woman to consider.

Behavioral change

be.hav.ior.al  / change


Behavioral change is a change in an individual’s negative behavioral pattern. An individual, who develops self-sabotaging behaviors, is at high-risk of experimenting with dangerous behaviors such as, drug and alcohol addiction and self-harm. Therefore, it is crucial for young men and women, as well as troubled teens, to seek immediate psychiatric treatment for their problematic behavioral pattern.

Behavioral change does not come easy and takes months of intensive treatment. Traditional therapy is usually ineffective in creating positive, permanent change. Additionally, there are nearly countless intensive treatment programs that advertize in creating long-lasting behavioral change within struggling young people and teens. However, not all programs are as effective as they lead people to believe. Therefore, it imperative for parents of young people or troubled teens to do as much research about the particular treatment program they are considering.

Bi-polar disorder

Bi.pol.ar / dis.or.der


Mayo Clinic provides the following definition of ‘bi-polar disorder': "Bipolar disorder sometimes called manic-depressive disorder — is associated with mood swings that range from the lows of depression to the highs of mania.”

People suffering from bi-polar disorder may be misunderstood and have difficulty building relationships with other people. With proper medication and treatment, a bi-polar disorder can be controlled, and the afflicted individual may live a normal, healthy, lifestyle. However, if not properly managed, bi-polar disorder can quickly take over a person’s life, and lead them down a path of self-destruction

Treatment for young adults struggling with bi-polar disorder

Thankfully, for young adults who suffer from bi-polar disorder, specialized residential treatment centers offer hope and rehabilitation. When traditional therapy isn’t effective in treating a young adult’s bi-polar disorder, a residential treatment center may be the most effective option to consider.

Career skills

Car.eer / skills


Career skills, or vocational skills, refer to the talent and expertise a person possesses in order to perform a certain job or career. These skills make an individual a valuable acquisition for employers to employ when choosing applicants. Possessing something as valuable as vocational skills can be the key factor in finding career success.

When a person lacks career skills, they are rarely chosen for desired employment opportunities. Without vocational skills, it can make finding work seem almost impossible.

Fortunately, for young men and women who lack career skills, There are therapies and treatments that can assist them in regaining a foot foothold on life. Treatment programs, such as residential treatment programs, offer young men and women the necessary therapies they need to overcome underlying issues that may have caused a set-back within their lives.

Change process

Change / pro.cess


The term, “change process,” refers to the therapeutic development and growth of a person’s psychological and behavioral state. This process takes place after an individual who struggles with behavioral and psychological issues makes necessary lifestyle changes in order to better their life. This process is supervised and provided by one or more mental health professionals who ensure that an individual is taking all of the necessary steps needed to make genuine and long-lasting changes, psychologically and behaviorally.

In the undertaking of a process of change, a psychological professional identifies specific behavioral issues within an individual. By addressing key, and often underlying issues, a psychological professional can pinpoint what is causing harm to an individual's life and is then able to create a strategy for the individual to overcome these critical issues.




The Merriam-Webster dictionary gives several definitions for the word community: A group of people living in the same locality and under the same government.
b. The district or locality in which such a group lives.
c. A group of people having common interests: the scientific community; the international business community.

When pertaining to troubled young adults, a community is a very important factor. Whether the community in question is their family, their friends or even co-workers, an individual is influenced by all of those who surround them. Moreover, it is imperative for an individual to surround themselves with a nurturing community who support and assist them in reaching their goals.

Much like that of a troubled teen, if a troubled young adult surrounds themselves with a negative peer group, he/she can also be expected to fail and live a negative lifestyle. However, if a young man or woman surrounds themselves with a positive, nurturing peer group, he/she can expect to live a fruitful, productive lifestyle.

Compulsive behaviors

Com.puls.ive / be.hav.iors


Compulsive behavior is defined as performing an act persistently and repetitively without it necessarily leading to an actual reward or pleasure. Those who act on repetitive, irrational behaviors, suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD. However, a person does not have to suffer from OCD in order to suffer from the consequences of compulsive behaviors.

There are many different types of compulsive behaviors including, shopping, hoarding, eating, gambling, trichotillomania and picking skin, checking, counting, washing, sex and more. Whatever the chosen behavior might be, it has the potential to destroy the life of the afflicted individual. With proper therapeutic treatment, however, compulsivity can be controlled allowing the afflicted individual to live a life of normalcy.

There are numerous and various treatment methods designed to treat compulsive behaviors. The particular type of treatment best suited for an individual, greatly depends upon the severity of their personal behaviors.

Dependent behavior

de.pen.dent be.hav.ior


Dependent behavior refers to a person's need to depend on others or other things in order to function in day-to-living. Dependent behavior can describe a person struggling with drug addiction, as well as a person suffering from negative behaviors and relationships.

Dependent behavior can be very unhealthy and dangerous. A person's constant need for other’s affection, acceptance or respect, can lead to self-destructive behaviors. Moreover, it is unhealthy for a person’s happiness to depend upon another person. It is important to for an individual to have a sense of independence and to be in charge of their lifestyle.

If left unchanged, dependent behavior can become more than a lifestyle choice and can consume a person's life. Dependent behavior can lead to negative emotions and consequences, such as depression and suicidal thoughts. Young men and women who struggle with dependent behaviors can find solace in therapeutic treatments, such as residential treatment centers.

Destructive behaviors

de.struc.tive / be.hav.iors


Destructive behaviors are defined as, ‘a negative behavioral pattern an individual displays that negatively effect, and sometimes, even destroy that individual's life.’ As to why a person would engage in destructive behaviors, the reasons are varied. However, when a person engages in destructive behaviors, it typically means that person is dealing with underlying issues they are attempting to cover up.

Self-destructive behaviors may include, drug addiction, immaturity, laziness, or psychological disorder. Young adults who display such behaviors may lack basic living skills that come with the territory of living an adult lifestyle. Additionally, young men and women who engage in destructive behaviors, are in need of rehabilitative treatment.

Fortunately, for young men and women struggling with destructive behaviors, treatment programs, such as residential treatment centers, are suitable treatment options to consider.

Drug abuse

Drug/ /a·buse/

Drug abuse is defined as the habitual taking of addictive or illegal drugs. Drug abuse has become increasingly popular in the last few decades. This rising epidemic has taken many lives, destroying countless families in the process. If an addict does not seek treatment for their addiction, that person is at risk of facing potentially fatal, consequences.

Many young people turn to drug addiction as a form of self-medicating when suffering from psychological ailments, such as depression. Whatever the reason for turning to drug abuse may be, it is a path that is chosen by those who want to ‘escape reality.’

Generally speaking, those who are happy in life do not choose to escape their reality, and tend to stray away from the path of choosing drugs as a form of achieving that escape. In other words, drug addicts attempt to mask underlying issues that plague them by abusing harmful substances. Therefore, it is important for drug users to receive additional therapy for their basic, psychological issues in order to achieve full recovery.


Drug abuse is defined as the habitual taking of addictive or illegal drugs. Drug abuse has become increasingly popular in the last few decades. This rising epidemic has taken many lives, destroying countless families in the process. If an addict does not seek treatment for their addiction, that person is at risk of facing potentially fatal, consequences.

Many young people turn to drug addiction as a form of self-medicating when suffering from psychological ailments, such as depression. Whatever the reason for turning to drug abuse may be, it is a path that is chosen by those who want to ‘escape reality.’

Generally speaking, those who are happy in life do not choose to escape their reality, and tend to stray away from the path of choosing drugs as a form of achieving that escape. In other words, drug addicts attempt to mask underlying issues that plague them by abusing harmful substances. Therefore, it is important for drug users to receive additional therapy for their basic, psychological issues in order to achieve full recovery.

Emotional disorder

e.m.o.tion.al/ /dis.or.der/

Emotional disorder is a broad category which is used commonly in educational settings, to group a range of more specific perceived difficulties of adolescents and young adults.The most common emotional disorders include Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder. Most emotional disorders can be treated, allowing afflicted individuals to live a normal, fruitful life.

A person suffering from an emotional disorder, may find difficulty in navigating everyday life. So much, in fact, that the individual may turn to negative sources, such as self-harm or substance abuse. Furthermore, afflicted individuals may exhibit negative behaviors such as anger, rebelliousness, and even violence out of sheer frustration. If dealt with alone, emotional disorders may make a person’s life a living nightmare. Moreover, people suffering from emotional disorders need to seek appropriate treatment for their destructive ailment.

Emotional growth

em.o.tion.al / growth


Emotional growth refers to the development of a person’s emotional intelligence, or emotional IQ. Emotional IQ is a person’s range of abilities to handle their emotions, prioritize responsibilities, and handle the stresses of everyday life.

If a person has difficulty developing emotional intelligence and has become ‘stagnant’ in their emotional development, they are ill-equipped in handling the day-to-day stresses of adulthood. Furthermore, a person’s emotional health and ability to handle stressful situations is crucial for living a productive and fruitful lifestyle.

Luckily for emotionally-underdeveloped, young adults, There are specialized treatment centers that cater to the development and growth of their emotional IQ needs.

Emotional intelligence

E.mo.tion.al / in.tel.li.gence


Emotional intelligence is the ability of oneself to identify and manage their emotions and the emotions of others. It is typically said to have three skills:

1. Emotional awareness, including the ability to identify your emotions and those of others;
2. The ability to harness emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problems solving;
3. The ability to manage emotions, including the ability to regulate your emotions, and the ability to cheer up or calm down another person.

If a young adult has low emotional intelligence, life can be an agonizing and daunting venture. A young person who has low emotional intelligence is not equipped to make rational, responsible decisions in times of difficulty or stress. Without proper treatment for lack of emotional intelligence, young men and women are susceptible to negative behaviors, such as self-harm or drug addictions.




An environment, social context, sociocultural context, or milieu, refers to the immediate physical and social setting in which people live or in which something happens or develops. It includes the culture that the individual was educated or lives in, and the people and institutions with whom they interact. A person's environment is highly influential. Their environment influences everything from the way a person thinks, what he/she likes/dislikes, and what that person does for recreation. This is especially true among young adults.

Similar to adolescence, young adults stress much importance into their environment. What their peers and other people think of them is important to them. This problematic, inflated importance of their social status in their environment, a young person is easily influenced, which can lead to self-destructive behaviors.

In short, an individual’s environment may have a positive, or negative effect on their lives. Because of this, an individual should surround themselves with an environment made up of positive, fruitful and productive peers.

Equine therapy

Equ.ine /Ther.a.py


Equine therapy is a specialized treatment that involves the grooming, feeding, riding of horses as the foundation of its therapeutic properties. Irresponsible psychologically suffering individuals can learn how to prioritize important responsibilities and develop a sense of self-worth, as well as, self-discipline.

The fundamental therapeutic practices of equine therapy promote discipline, responsibility and self-worth within an individual. A person who participates in equine therapy learns the invaluable lessons of caring for others and the responsibilities of caring for something other than themselves.

Equine therapy is a relatively new type of therapeutic practice that has a reputation of truly promoting growth within psychologically damaged, irresponsible young men and women. Additionally, only the most cutting edge residential treatment programs offer equine therapy.

Experiential learning

ex·pe·ri·en·tial/ /learn·ing


As the name suggests, experiential learning involves learning from experience. The theory was proposed by psychologist David Kolb, who was influenced by the work of other theorists including John Dewey, Kurt Lewin, and Jean Piaget. According to Kolb, this type of learning can be defined as "the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience. Knowledge results from the combinations of grasping and transforming experience."

Experiential learning involves a person learning from their mistakes. Therapeutic services such as residential treatment centers provide experiential learning in a controlled environment. These facilities teach young men and women how to live fully functional, responsible lives by creating real life situations, but still providing the safety of a controlled environment.

Family therapy

/fam·i·ly ther·a·py / 'faməlē therəpē

Family therapy is a type of psychological counseling (psychotherapy) that helps family members improve communication and resolve conflicts.

Family therapy is is often short term, and is usually provided by a psychologist, clinical social worker or licensed therapist. These therapists have graduate or postgraduate degrees and may be credentialed by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Food addiction

food /ad.dic.tion

Food addiction is a disease similar to drug or alcohol addiction in which a chemical reaction in the brain is triggered by a certain behavior. The behavior that trigger’s in food addiction, is the eating of food.

Like, drug addicts, people who suffer food addiction struggle with cravings. These cravings often render an individual helpless over their addiction, eventually leading them to excessive eating. Food addiction, also similar to food addiction, deteriorates the overall quality of a person’s life, and may lead to life threatening consequences.

Luckily for people suffering from food addiction, there are treatment options for the to consider. Specialized residential treatment centers offer rehabilitation to those who have let their addiction of food destroy their lives. Additionally, When seeking treatment, it is imperative for food addicts to make sure the particular treatment option in mind caters to their addiction’s rehabilitation.




A goal is a desired result a person or a system envisions, plans and commits to achieve a personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development. Goals are simply a person’s tool for accomplishing personal endeavors that positively effects the nature of their life.

There are two different types of goals, long-term and short-term. short-term goals are generally less important, but coincide with the future accomplishment of long-term goals. Additionally, short-term goals are much easier to complete, but are used as stepping stones for completing long-term goals. For example, if a person’s long-term goal is to graduate college with a doctorate, then achieving a short-term goal like, acing a final, would be used as a stepping stone in order to accomplish receiving a doctorate.

While not every goal is absolutely crucial for achieving success, consistently meeting smaller goals is. By consistently meeting short-term goals, a person improves the chances of achieving their dreams.

Groop therapy

Group / ther.ap.y


Group therapy is a psychiatric treatment practice that is presented in a group-like setting. Like traditional therapy, group therapy is conducted under the supervision of a licensed psychiatric professional. However, unlike traditional therapy, a group therapy is a shared experience of a small group of people suffering from similar afflictions.

Group therapy is centered around a group of people assisting each other through struggles that they also struggle with. Group therapy has proven to be a formidable tool in therapy, as well as a powerful bonding experience. Furthermore, when fully engaging in the group and helping others through similar issues, an individual can apply the same tactics to their life.

Specialized, residential therapy programs will often emphasize the importance of group support. If group therapy is something that a potential client would be interested in participating, it is important to inquire potential treatment options on their group therapy opportunities.

Group therapy

/ group ther·a·py / 'gro͞op therəpē

Group therapy is a form of psychosocial treatment where a small group of patients meet regularly to talk, interact, and discuss problems with each other and the group leader (therapist).

Group therapy attempts to give individuals a safe and comfortable place where they can work out problems and emotional issues. Patients gain insight into their own thoughts and behavior, and offer suggestions and support to others. In addition, patients who have a difficult time with interpersonal relationships can benefit from the social interactions that are a basic part of the group therapy experience.

Habit reversal

ha.bit / re.ver.sal


Habit reversal training is a "multicomponent behavioral treatment package originally developed to address a wide variety of repetitive behavior disorders. Originally designed to assist people suffering from behavior disorders like, Tourette's syndrome, hair pulling, or pathological skin picking, habit reversal is now effective in treating young people suffering from negative behaviors, such as drug and alcohol addiction. Moreover, there are many different forms of habit reversal.

There are specialized therapies that assist people in reversing harmful habits. While more traditional therapies may benefit some individuals, people have also found solace and recovery in alternative mediums, such as meditation or martial arts. Fortunately, for people such as these, there are new cutting edge residential treatment centers that provide such, alternative therapies.

Whatever kind of treatment is used in combatting a self-destructive habit, it crucial for individuals to fully immerse themselves into the treatments methods and therapies. It is also crucial for potential clients to seek treatment that suits their personal preferences, ideology, and one that addresses their specific issue.

Healthy behavior

health.y / be.hav.ior


Healthy behavior is a person's actions that promote positive consequence of psychological, physical and personal ramifications. By acting on healthy behaviors, an individual is more likely to live a happy, successful and fruitful lifestyle.

There are countless healthy behaviors a person can choose to act on. These healthy actions can be anything from eating healthy and exercising, to working hard and showing diligence in the workplace. Whatever healthy behaviors a person decides to act on, it is crucial for the to show consistency in committing these actions. Additionally, a person who acts on healthy behaviors is more likely to have psychological stability, and less liable to struggle from an emotional disorder. However, if a person does not show consistency in displaying healthy behaviors, they are likely to develop unhealthy habits, which may result in negative consequences.

In conclusion, it is imperative to act on healthy behaviors as opposed to negative, unhealthy conduct. Moreover, choices of today significantly affect the outcomes of tomorrow.

Impulse control

Im.pulse / con.trol


Impulse control is a person’s ability to abstain from instant gratification that my hinder their quality of life. People who lack the ability to control are considered to be at high-risk. Those who are deemed as, ‘at high-risk individuals,’ are subject to negative lifestyle choices, such as drug abuse and self-harm. Additionally, those who have lost control of their life due to impulsiveness, should seek treatment for rehabilitation.

Individuals, who lack impulse control, also lack self-discipline. If an individual requires discipline, that person is subject to participating in harmful, impulsive behaviors. Moreover, those who require skills of impulse control must develop self-discipline in order to overcome their personal afflictions.

For young men and women who have let their impulse control, or lack thereof, effect or even destroy their life, there is hope. With appropriate therapies and specialized treatment, young adults can develop effective impulse control.

Individual therapy

/ in·di·vid·u·al ther·a·py / 'indəˈvij(o͞o)əl therəpē

Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.

Individualized treatment


in·di·vid·u·al·ized/ /treat·ment


Individualized treatment is the treatment that specifically treats and nurtures and individual’s psychological and emotional needs. Individualized treatment incorporates physical, psychological, emotional, developmental, familial, social and cultural factors. Every client is treated as a unique individual with treatment plans tailored to the individual's specific needs and problems.

In an individualized treatment program, a young adult is provided with a plan of action that is personal and unique to them. Instead of being treated with generalities, an individual is given a treatment program that treats their exact specifications in order to recover fully from whatever psychological ailment is plaguing them.

The most effective residential programs offer individualized treatment for their clients. When seeking treatment options, a potential client should first look at the specific treatment options and make sure the treatment facility offers individualized treatment for their specific psychological needs.

Interpersonal relationships

in·ter·per·son·al/ /re·la·tion·ships

Close relationships are sometimes called interpersonal relationships. The closest relationships typically consist of an individual’s relationship with close friends and family members. Since interpersonal relationships are the strongest and closest bond a person can share, they require constant nurturing and effort to maintain.

Much like a living, breathing organism, interpersonal relationships have a beginning, a lifespan, and an end. Interpersonal relationships grow and evolve gradually, as people get to know each other and become increasingly fond of one another. However, if not constantly nurtured, the relationship will deteriorate and become weaker. For this reason, it is important for those in a healthy, interpersonal relationship to maintain and treat it as if it were a living breathing thing.

Interpersonal relationships are vital the most important relationships a young man or woman can have. Moreover, It is crucial for a person to surround themselves with nurturing, caring, and like-minded people.

Life skills

life skills


Life skills are an individual’s ability to cope with challenges of daily life, especially skills in communication, decision-making, occupational requirements, problem-solving, time management and planning. As an adult, it is crucial to have developed life skills. Additionally, adults who fail to develop fundamental, life skills, have a tremendous difficulty of living a fully independent lifestyle.

Developing life skills, or independent living skills, takes place during adolescence. However, there is a large portion of teens who fail to develop these crucial skills. Moreover, if a teen fails to develop independent living skills, that individual is less likely to live an independent lifestyle once they reach adulthood.

If a young adult lacks the skills for living an independent lifestyle, there are many different types of residential treatment centers that will help them with building these necessary, independent living skills. Moreover, if a young adult desires to lead a successful lifestyle, specialized treatment, like that of residential treatment, may be the right solution.

Long-term success

Long/ /term/ /suc.cess


Long-term success refers to one's ability to achieve personal goals for a sustained and consistent amount of time. Long-term success is achieved through hard work, determination, and often, with the help of others.

Young adults can achieve long-term success, even when battling adverse and destructive issues such as psychological and therapeutic disorders. Young men and women who battle ailments such as these on a daily basis, can overcome their therapeutic disorders and still achieve their goals for a consistently until long term success is achieved. This, however, does not come easily. Young men and women who would like to achieve long term success but struggle with psychological and therapeutic disorders, can find the assistance they need at therapeutic treatment programs such as, residential treatment centers and transitional living programs.


Martial arts

mar.tial / arts


Martial arts are defined as ‘A codified systems and traditions of combat practices, which are practiced for a variety of reasons: self-defense, competition, physical health and fitness, entertainment, as well as mental, physical, and spiritual development.’ Martial arts is a self-defense system designed train individual’s in their abilities to protect themselves from those who would wish to harm them. However, martial arts has also proven to be a powerful and formidable tool in assisting addicts during their time of recovery.

Martial arts provides trainees with several benefits. Those who engage in martial arts can boost their physical fitness, mental state, and spiritual well-being. Those who practice martial arts, build their self-esteem, self-control, and self-confidence. Due to it’s many psychological, spiritual and physical benefits, martial arts are becoming increasingly popular amongst rehabilitative programs, further assisting addicts towards recovery.

Martial arts is an undeniable and powerful healing tool for addicts in recovery to utilize. However, most, traditional rehabilitation programs do not offer martial arts as a service. If a potential client would like to benefit from martial arts, it is important for that individual to seek out a specialized treatment program that offers martial arts as a service.


/ med·i·ta·tion / 'medə'tāSH(ə)n

Meditation is a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state. It is the means for fathoming all the levels of ourselves and finally experiencing the center of consciousness within.

Meditation is not a part of any religion; it is a science, which means that the process of meditation follows a particular order, has definite principles, and produces results that can be verified.

Mental health

Men.tal / health


Mayo Clinic defines mental health as, "a person’s condition concerning their psychological and emotional well-being." An individual's mental health may be damaged or even failing, but this does not mean that their mental state is permanently damaged. With proper mental health counseling, a psychologically ailing individual can restore their mental health, and live a productive, healthy lifestyle. This is an important notion for a parent of a psychologically struggling teen to know.

Unfortunately, many young people struggle with the state of their mental health. Many young men and women struggle with the age of adolescence and young adulthood due to the new stresses that these transitional phases bring. If a young person is ill-prepared to face the new struggles of this transitional phase, they may lash out and display negative behavioral patterns. Luckily for young people such as these, there are treatment options to assist them in restoring their mental state.


/ mind·ful·ness / 'mīn(d)f(ə)lnəs

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment.




Motivation is defined as, ‘the process that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behaviors.’ Motivation is an inborn characteristic that allows humans to do things necessary for living. Motivation is what allows us to do things like, drink water and eat food when we are hungry and thirsty, bathe ourselves when we are dirty, and gives us the urge to get out bed every morning. However, motivation also extends beyond every day necessities and allows us to reach goals that we have set forth. Motivation is what allows humans to accomplish our goals and ambitions in life.

Every person has motivations. However, some people have positive motivations that allow them to lead productive lifestyles while other’s act on negative motives that have the potential to destroy their lives. For instance, a person can have motivations to complete their schooling in order to achieve a dream employment opportunity. Contrariwise, a person with negative motivations may choose to use those motivations in order to acquire drugs. While both examples of individuals have motivations, they each achieve starkly, different results.

In short, motivations have the power to destroy, or make a person’s life a successful one. Moreover, it is imperative for a person to use their motivative power to accomplish their positive motivations, as opposed to negative, self-destructive ones.




In psychology, maturity is the ability to respond to the environment in an appropriate manner. This response is generally learned rather than instinctive. Maturity also encompasses being aware of the correct time and place to behave and knowing when to act, according to the circumstances and the culture of the society one lives in. Without well-developed maturity, a person cannot live a successful lifestyle.

Young adults who fail to reach maturity, fail to reach it because of their lifestyle choices they made during adolescence. Many of these young adults were once ‘troubled teens,’ who misplaced their priorities instead on focusing on their future. Moreover, troubled teens who fail to reprioritize their values after adolescence, are aptly reffered to as, ‘troubled young adults/‘

Troubled young men and women should have prioritized differently, they can still achieve their much needed maturity by rehabilitative means. Treatment options such as, residential treatment centers, are a means of regaining a foothold in life and a foundational tool to live a life of success.

Obsessive behavior

ob·ses·sive/ /be·hav·ior


Obsessive behavior refers to a person who is unhealthily fixated on certain objects or people. This behavior effects and sometimes destroys an individual's life. This type of behavior may be a result of a psychological disorder such as obsessive compulsive disorder. However, a person does not need to be diagnosed with an obsessive compulsive disorder to develop unhealthy fixations. Additionally, the person suffering from obsessive behavior should seek treatment for their self-destructive behaviors.

It is important for people struggling with obsessive behavior to refrain from letting their obsession take control of their life. Obsessive behavior by definition is difficult to overcome or change. The sooner the issue is addressed, the quicker and easier the issue can be treated. If left ignored or untreated, obsessive behavior could easily control and progressively destroy the mental state of an individual.

Therapeutic solutions such as residential treatment facilities, offer hope to young men and women who struggle with obsessive behavioral patterns. Through effective, personalized therapies, a young person will be able to regain control of their obsessive behavior and live a healthy lifestyle.

Personal recovery process

per·son·al/ /re·cov·er·y/ /proc·ess


The personal recovery process is an individual's personal journey to seek recovery from whatever affliction or ailment that has negatively affected their lives. An individual’s recovery process is unique to them and their affliction. If an individual is struggling with substance abuse/addiction, Then that person’s recovery process would be a rehabilitative treatment for overcoming said habits.

Many recovery processes implement a step system in order to achieve full recovery. The most popular and widely used level system, is, of course, the ’12 steps model. Most step recovery systems have the first step listed as, admitting that there is indeed a severe issue that needs to be dealt with. The following steps after the admission, are steps that address, treat, and eventually cure whatever the ailment was plaguing the individual.

Luckily for struggling adults, there are nearly countless treatment options that offer programs that advertize, ‘personal recovery process.’ However, not all of these treatment programs are created with same tenacity and determination to assist people as they would lead to believe. For this reason, it is imperative for potential clients to research treatment programs to make sure their treatment will be effective in treating their personal affliction.

Physical fitness

phys.i.cal / fit.ness


The medical dictionary describes physical fitness as " A state of physiologic well-being that is achieved through a combination of healthy diet, regular physical exercise, and other practices that promote good health." However, it should also be noted that physical fitness is often overlooked when concerning the improvement of a person’s mental state.

It is a proven fact that physical fitness not only improves the development of one's body, but is a powerful tool in improving mental health. People who participate in physical fitness are less likely to suffer from depression, as well as, other psychological ailments including, bipolar and anxiety disorder. Therefore, physical fitness is crucial for any person’s life and should be viewed as a top priority.

Physical fitness is especially important for improving the mental health of young people. Young men and women, who are considered to have good physical fitness, are less likely to develop therapeutic disorders than those who don't participate in physical activity. Physical fitness is such an Important factor, young men and women, who have poor physical fitness, are often misdiagnosed as bipolar, or as being clinically depressed. However, in some cases, the misdiagnosed symptoms are caused by the person’s lack of physical fitness.

Proactive mindset

pro.act.ive/ /mind.set


A proactive mindset is a person’s ability to make proactive choices, as opposed to reactive ones. A proactive mindset will take control of a situation and prepare for situations ahead of time. Contrariwise, a reactive person will not concern themselves with planning, but instead, choose to wait for the situation to occur and handle whatever consequences that subsequently arise.

Troubled young people especially struggle with developing a proactive mindset. Since problems of the future aren’t affecting their lives at the current moment, troubled young adults don’t feel the need to put forth effort to avoid or prepare for them. It is, for this reason, that troubled young men and women lose control of their lives. Without any plans for dealing with stresses of the future, these types of young people are ill-equipped to manage their lives properly.

A proactive mindset is not inborn, it is developed through consistency and hard work. While constantly choosing to be proactive may sound like a lot of work, it is the easiest course a person can take when thinking: long term. People who have worked hard to develop a proactive mindset, do not have to face the hardships and stresses of those who failed to work proactively. While choosing to be reactive in life seems like the easier choice between the two, living a life of proactivity is the least stressful, promotes happiness and allows people to live their lives.

Psychological wellness

psy.cho.log.i.cal / well.ness


Psychological wellness is defined as, ‘A state of emotional and psychological well-being in which an individual can use his or her cognitive and emotional capabilities, function in society, and meet the ordinary demands of everyday life.’ An individual who attains psychological wellness is at a great advantage in reaching true happiness and successful ventures in life. However, many young adults fail to reach psychological wellness, and, therefore, are in need of treatment in order to attain its crucial benefits.

Psychological wellness can sometimes be a difficult notion for young people to understand. There are many young adults who struggle with one or more psychological ailments due to a variety of factors. Millions of young people suffer from depression, low-self image, self-discipline and the motivation to achieve these mental properties. Young people, as mentioned above, are at high-risk of using self-destructive means as to self-medicate. When a person has psychological ailments, they may turn to self-destructive behaviors, such as self-harm or substance abuse. For this reason, it is crucial for young people to strive for psychological wellness.

There are many treatment programs that offer mentally ailing people psychological therapy so that they may achieve psychological wellness. These specialized facilities aim to promote coping skills for those who have, thus far, failed to reach a healthy mental state. Moreover, residential treatment centers are among the most popular form of treatment for psychologically afflicted young adults.

Residential staff

Res.i.den.tial / staff


The residential staff is the staff and support system of a residential treatment facility. This staff is trained in treating therapeutic disorders, drug, and alcohol addiction and have real life knowledge in treating psychologically, and substance addicted struggling individuals. This staff is typically made up of certified psychological professionals with years of schooling and experience in treating various addicts with various disorders.

The goal of the residential staff is to diagnose individuals effectively and properly treat underlying issues that have led them to addiction. By not only treating the addiction, but also eliminating the disorders that have led them to addiction, residential staff can adequately treat and eliminate the addictive behavior, altogether.

Self-defeating behaviors

self/ /de.feat.ing/ /be.hav.iors


Self-defeating behaviors are any behaviors an individual displays that negatively affects their life. An example of self-defeating behavior would be to set a goal of saving money, but instead, an individual spends more money than they would make in a month. In short, a person who displays a self-defeating behavior makes choices that ultimately set them up for failure. A person who commits to a self- defeating behavior, does so, knowingly.

Some individuals partake in self-defeating behaviors because of their fear of success. When things are going well in life, this type of person fears they will inevitably destroy their success, leaving them in a state of utter disappointment. Self- defeating individuals are convinced they are going to fail, therefore, choose to fail by their own accord. This type of problematic thinking stems from a person's low self-worth and feelings of inadequacy.


Self / dis.cip.line


Self-discipline is the act of disciplining or, the power of restraining one's feelings, desires, etc., especially with the intention of improving oneself. Without self- discipline a person isn't able to truly be in control of their lives. Paying bills, studying for class, and even personal hygiene all require self-discipline.

Self-discipline in troubled young men and women

Troubled young men and women are thought of as, having a lack of self-discipline. However, struggling young adults do have self-discipline, it is simply misplaced in self-gratifying places. Troubled young adults put their self-discipline in areas like friendships, partying, the internet, and even acquiring harmful substances. These ‘priorities,’ a large amount of self-discipline, it is just simply misplaced in all of the wrong areas.

If a person lacks self-discipline, or thus far, has directed in all of the wrong priorities, the consequences of doing so may be dire. Furthermore, it is critical for young men and women to develop self-discipline, and most importantly, to focus it on productive areas.


self / worth


The World Book Dictionary defines self-worth as "a favorable estimate or opinion of oneself; self-esteem." Self-worth, much like self-esteem, is the foundation in a person to believe in themselves.

If a young adult has little self-worth or belief in their self, this leads to a poor self-image. A young person’s self-image may get so low, in fact, that they began to dislike, or even hate themselves. If an individual depends on this kind of thought process, he or she is likely to engage in self-harming activities, as a means of punishing oneself(cutting, pulling our hair, etc.), or as an attempt to escape reality (drug and alcohol abuse).

If a young adult struggles with a low self-esteem, it is then that the young adult uses coping mechanisms to combat their affliction, usually turning to self-harm or self-medicating. These coping mechanisms or self-harming mechanisms can range from cutting to substance abuse. Whenever a person engages in this type of behavior, it is imperative that this individual receives clinical, treatment.

A person’s self-worth is a critical part of their life. Moreover, it is crucial for young adults who have the low self-worth to seek treatment, for their psychological suffering. If left untreated, low self-worth will completely overwhelm a person's life and destroy them, mentally. Treatment options such as therapy, residential treatment, or alternative treatment programs, may be the most effective treatment options to consider.

Substance abuse treatment programs

Sub.stance / a.buse / treat.ment / prog.rams


Substance abuse treatment programs are facilities that offer treatment to individuals who are suffering from harmful, and potentially, life-threatening addictions. These specialized treatment programs, in most cases, employ the services of mental health and addiction treatment professionals. Moreover, substance abuse should be the first choice for those who suffer from severe, and potentially life-threatening, addictions.

There are many different types of substance abuse treatment programs that offer varying treatments and methods in which those procedures are implemented. Although the enormous variety of treatment methods is convenient for different types of addicts, it also suggests that not all substance abuse treatment programs would best suit every type of addicted individual. For these reason, it is important for those seeking treatment, to inquire about a treatment facilities and treatment methods.

Substance abuse treatment programs are necessary for people suffering from harmful addictions. Without appropriate treatment, severely addicted individuals are at high-risk of meeting fatal consequences.

Supportive environment

sup.por.tive / en.vi.ron.ment


A supportive environment is an environment, which supports, nurtures and promotes positive ramifications within an individual’s life. This type of environment is an important factor for any individual who desires to live a life of fulfillment, happiness and success.

A supportive environment can take place in many different places. An individual’s home, school, place of employment, and those he/she chooses to spend time with are all environments that they can reap support from. However, people do not always choose an environment that supports and nurtures them. Those who choose to surround themselves with negative influences are at risk of developing self-destructive behaviors and habits. For this reason, it is crucial for individuals to become emerged in a supportive environment whenever it is possible to do so.

Another form of a supportive environment is that of a place of recovery. A treatment program, rehabilitation clinic, and residential treatment program are all examples of supportive environments. These places of recovery provide a nurturing environment in which a person can safely, effectively and permanently overcome psychological and addictive afflictions.

Therapeutic program

ther·a·peu·tic/ /pro·gram


A therapeutic program is defined as, ‘a planned series of future events, items, ideas, or performances relating to the healing of diseases or disorders.’ Therapeutic programs are designed to assist people suffering from various types of psychological maladies, ranging from drug addiction, all the way to depression.

There are many different types of therapeutic programs that offer specialized treatment to certain suffering peoples. The most appropriate therapeutic program for a particular person, greatly depends upon that individual’s struggles, and the severity of their pains.

An ideal therapeutic program assesses the needs of the clients and patients and best suits the needs of the particular group. Providing effective rehabilitative treatment should be a therapeutic program’s primary focus.

Traditional therapy

trad.i.tion.al / ther.a.py


Traditional therapy refers to standard therapeutic practices that offer psychological assistance to individuals suffering from psychiatric ailments. Traditional therapy is conducted in a one-on-one therapy sessions between the afflicted individual and a certified psychiatric specialist.

Mental ailments that traditional therapy treats include but not limited to, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, and oppositional defiant disorder. Traditional, one-on-one, therapy is also used to help treat individuals suffering from harmful behaviors, such as drug addiction and eating disorders.

Traditional therapy is the most widely utilized form of therapy for young adults. Sometimes, however, traditional treatment is not intense enough to treat young men and women who suffer from severe, psychiatric disorders. If traditional therapy fails to adequately treat a young man or woman, then specialized treatment, such as residential therapy for troubled young adults, may be the most appropriate option.

Troubled young adults

troub.led / young / a.dult


The term “troubled young adults” refers to young men and women (ages 18-30) who have struggled with transitioning into adulthood. For one reason or another, troubled young adults, are ill-prepared for the responsibilities of adulthood. These young men and women lack life skills that are necessary for living a fully-functional, adult lifestyle.

Generally speaking, troubled young adults were at one time, considered to be troubled during their time of adolescence. In other words, struggling young adults are simply troubled teens who have now reached adulthood. Like troubled teens, troubled young men and women display negative behaviors, have little or no respect for authority, and put their energy in all of the wrong areas. If the behavioral patterns of a troubled young adult are not adequately treated, the young adult is at high-risk of developing dangerous coping mechanisms, such as self-harm or drug addiction.

Fortunately for troubled young people, there are many treatment options that offer independent life skill building, as well as, psychological and addiction treatment. As there are many treatment options to consider, wilderness therapy has proven to be one of the most effective of treatment methods for a young person to find.

Underlying issues

/un.der.ly.ing/ /iss.ues/


Underlying issues are those matters that are the causative agents for human behavior. Underlying issues are hidden under many layers of emotions and other mental processes. These underlying issues are well hidden and, unbeknownst to both outside persons and the individual themselves.

Underlying issues are, often, difficult to diagnose, and, therefore, are difficult to treat. Moreover, it is imperative to know the signs of underlying issues and the seek treatment. If an individual is consistently angry, sad/depressed, abuses harmful substances, displays aggressive/passive aggressive behaviors, or any other type of antisocial behavior, they are most likely suffering from hidden, underlying issues.

As underlying issues are difficult to diagnose, they are also difficult to treat. For this reason, it is imperative for individuals who display symptoms of having underlying issues, to seek professional, and clinical treatments. Without professional psychiatric treatment, individual’s suffering from underlying issues may self-destruct further, making them less willing to seek treatment in the future.




Values are an individual's personal standards they choose to live by. By setting high personal values, an individual is able to live a life or productivity and abstain from negative behaviors. Core values such as, integrity, hard work, and diligence are all standards a productive and proactive person implements in their life. If a person fails to live by values, such as these, they are likely to develop negative habits and engage in self-destructing behaviors.

Unfortunately, many young people possess a poor and underdeveloped value system. Young men and women, such as these, prioritize their values based on their personal interests, rather than focusing on important issues such as school or career goals. Many troubled young people put their efforts into things like friendships, having fun. Some troubled young people even put their efforts into self-destructive endeavors, such as acquiring harmful substances.

A person’s values are tremendously crucial in living a successful, adult lifestyle. For that reason, it is imperative that those who live by a flawed system of value, to reprioritize their ambitions, and live by a higher set of standards.