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young adult'S program

Young adult program

Young adults are the least likely to maintain and sustain long-term sobriety is a statement often repeated in the world of addiction treatment. Well that is not our experience! And that does not have to be the reality of any young adults who are addicted. if the y get specialize services meant for them. At our treatment center, we have discovered that the key to helping young adults ages 18 to 35ish stay clean and sober is to create an atmosphere of community, fun and social acceptability to be in recovery. Our facility maintains a very upbeat, joyful atmosphere through out our treatment groups, lunch time and our outdoor activities specific to young adults. 

our program for young adults

Our program implements evidence-based curriculum, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, advanced relapse prevention with scenarios, questions and refusal skills taught through role play that specifically are written for young adults.

Recovery Blvd focuses on individual and group excellence by using enjoyable, fun activities paired with Evidence Based Therapy Modalities that specifically work to improve mood and impulse control and regulation, mindfulness, appropriate and effective communication, coping skills, refusal skills, mental health, goal setting and self esteem. There is a multitude of therapies and curriculum used at Recovery Blvd but this is a brief explanation of two important ones:


DBT directly focusses on the acquisition of emotion regulation skills that are imperative to sobriety. All DBT-modules (mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness) are intended to improve emotion regulation skills and patients are encouraged to train these skills on a regular basis. DBT assumes that improved skills and skills use will result in better emotion regulation.


Schema Therapy addresses problems in emotion regulation that are seen as a consequence of adverse early experiences (e.g., lack of safe attachment, childhood abuse, bullying, poor peer attachment or emotional disconnection). These negative experiences or enviromental stressors have led to unprocessed psychological traumas and fear of emotions and result in attempts to avoid emotions and dysfunctional meta-cognitive schemas about the meaning of emotions. We know when these underlying problems are addressed, emotion regulation improves. Major ST techniques for trauma processing, emotional avoidance and mood irregularity are limited reparenting, empathic confrontation and experiential techniques like role play, chair dialogs and imagery rescripting.

We offer and encourage family reunification sessions and usually do 3-4 family sessions prior to graduation. Because the family is such a pivotal component ofr the recovery process the ability to acknowledge the past, make amends, set boundaries, make safety plans and reintroduce the client to their loved ones sober is an extremely helpful part of our program. Not all young peopl ehave family that is willing to go through this process and we understand that. everyone has a process to be able to have these hard conversations. It is our hope that whoever is ready to engage in family sessions finds them as healing and supportive as our Client's do. Please visit the For the Family section of our website and let us know any questions you have about our family processes.

Our young adult program goes on weekly outings to the beach playing paintball, going rock climbing, fishing and visiting many other scenic or adventurous places in the Portland, OR area. In addition to the internal work and the external fun , our young adults are required to do five hours of community service a month; we help them sign up at a local non profit or find inventive ways to be of service to others. When they go tobecome self sufficient through work  or college they do not have to continue community service but we feel young adults need to place an emphasis on  giving to others through unselfish its and prioritize education or employment. We work with our young adults to understand and take responsibility for the severity of their past actions, the impact their substance use has had and how they affected the people around them. We guide them in gaining employment, making a budget, doing laundry, getting their GED, go to college or do the FASFA for college. It has been our experience that many young adults have not learned the basic life skills to be successful due to the alcohol/drug use they began usually as a teenager. We have mentors that take clients to meetings, teach them appropriate skills,  coach them through distorted thinking and are available 24/7 to talk.

Friday nights at 6 PM there is a young adult AA meeting at Recovery Blvd that all of the young adult clients attend. It’s called Happy Hour. Creating a peer culture of “it’s cool to be clean and sober” is our goal on a daily basis and we engage the young adults in a myriad of fun activities to help them learn how to be okay without the use of alcohol or drugs. Having clients with assigned chaperones, that are living at their houses, (for the first few weeks) builds leadership and has proven to be a great way to create bonds between a successful client and the new client.


Recovery Blvd employs a talented art therapist that the clients meet with for two hours a week. Recovery Blvd has a doctor on staff that every client sees; as well as a yoga instructor who does recovery yoga each week.


Different age groups have different needs in substance abuse treatment; the young adult population requires a different set of skills. Our Counselors are Masters level clinician’s and all have an extensive background in working with youth, teenagers and young adults. 


We have staff that works at the 4th Dimension young adult sober club and our clients regularly go there after treatment to participate in dances, parties and recovery meetings.

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