Young Adults

Sound familiar?

  • Karrey, 23, traumatized by her parent’s alcoholism and now self-medicating her own anxiety and depression with alcohol
  • Roberto, 27, whose ADD/ADHD is making it very tough to hold onto his first promotion, apartment and car
  • Mikel, 32, who loves to party but is having trouble showing up at work on time and taking care of his wife and new son
  • Haley, 20, a Chatham High School honors grad now struggling socially and academically at Rutgers, abusing over-the-counter drugs and Adderall
  • Sofia, 26, who’s returning home to live after several inpatient rehab stays and arrests related to street drug addiction

Many people in their 20s and 30s just like you find themselves in these situations, challenged by conditions ranging from bipolar or manic-depressive disorder to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and abuse or addiction to alcohol, over-the-counter, prescription or street drugs.

You’re not alone.

Plenty of young adults face these problems. You CAN get a handle on your life again.

Your 20s and 30s are times of transition and upheaval. It’s not surprising that anxiety, depression and other mental health issues pop up. Or that alcohol and drug use can become a problem.

You’re transitioning from the family and friends you grew up with to independent living, and often the college environment, with a whole new set of stresses and challenges.

High school experiences — whether great or awful — probably weren’t anything like what you’re experiencing now.

And as you move to your 30s, new family and work stresses emerge that make alcohol and drug use even more difficult to get a handle on. Sometimes, partying that seemed perfectly fine a few years ago starts to interfere with more recent and important family or work priorities.

When that happens, it makes sense to reach out– so you can get on with the life you want.

Call our office at (973) 989-7500 to schedule your initial assessment.

We can help you.

Did you know that people in their 20s and early 30s have different treatment needs from other adults? What works for you is unique.

That’s why, during your initial diagnostic assessment, we get to know you as an individual:

  • Your concerns about your life and relationships and what led you to this point in your life
  • Your medical and health status — for example, are you dealing with several challenges, like depression AND alcohol use
  • How you’ve already tried to improve your situation — what’s worked and what hasn’t
  • Your personal treatment goals…and beyond treatment, your hopes and dreams for your life

We then tailor a treatment plan specifically to you:

Most plans combine one or more of these treatment strategies:

  • Short-term group therapy or individual psychological counseling for stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health concerns
  • Short-term or intensive outpatient treatment for alcohol or drug abuse, which combines weekly group meetings and one-on-one counseling for several months
  • Relapse prevention program, individual and group sessions that reinforce new skills and addresses new challenges before they turn into old problems
  • Access to 12-step meetings for those who find them helpful
  • Medication-assisted treatment using Suboxone or Vivitrol

Frequently-asked questions

I’m desperately worried about my child. But she’s over 18. What can I really do?

We’ve heard so many people talk about that awful 4 a.m. feeling, their hearts racing in the dark: “If this is what my son’s life is like at 22, what will it be like in ten years, or twenty? Will he even be here?”

It’s true that in New Jersey, people over the age of 18 must ultimately make an individual decision to enter treatment for alcohol addiction and substance abuse.

But that doesn’t mean your hands are tied. Give us a call, please, so we can help you help your child. We’ll:

  • Discuss your specific situation and offer an objective assessment of what’s likely to happen
  • Give you a better handle on the options available to you, with ideas and strategies you probably haven’t thought of
  • Help you come up with a plan of action to support your child as much as possible while helping them find a better way forward.

Just give us a call.

My child has been to several inpatient rehabs already. Does it even make sense to consider outpatient treatment?

It’s better to think of outpatient treatment as “different” — not “less.”

Inpatient rehab is usually the right starting point for:

  • Medically-supervised detoxification when rapid alcohol or drug withdrawal is a priority
  • People who benefit from getting away from the anxieties, stresses, distractions and lures of their daily lives to learn new ways to handle their alcohol and drug addiction
  • In these cases, outpatient treatment is best used as the foundation of the after-care program, since everyone eventually has to leave inpatient rehab and navigate “normal” life.

Outpatient treatment is a better answer for people who:

  • Do OK in the artificially-protected inpatient environment — but need help once they’re back in the “real world” to apply new insights and new self-management techniques
  • Want a highly-individualized treatment approach tailored to their specific situation and needs
  • People who have repeatedly tried inpatient treatment with little success — after all, why keep trying what hasn’t worked?

Our goal is the right treatment for every person, even if it’s not at Excel. We won’t hesitate to recommend inpatient treatment at another practice if it’s best.

For example, if your loved one needs immediate medical detoxification or has other serious health issues in addition to their alcohol or drug use, inpatient rehab is likely to be the wisest starting point.

What if I’m just dealing with anxiety and depression — not addiction?

That’s true for many of our clients. We offer individual, family and group counseling to help you deal with:

  • Anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, bipolar or manic-depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other mental health matters
  • Family and relationship issues
  • Psychiatric consultations

In  your counseling sessions, you’ll:

  • Learn to see your own actions, behaviors, thoughts, feelings and motivations clearly
  • Understand them in the context of your relationships with those around you
  • Develop less stressful, more successful ways of thinking and behaving that lead to the outcomes you want, using science-based techniques like cognitive-behavioral therapy