(PRWEB) June 8, 2005
The National Clearing House for Drug and Alcohol Information reports that more than 100,000 young people enter recovery programs each year. Yet despite aggressive enrollment in treatment programs, there is an alarming rate of relapse, particularly in at-risk teens and youths.
Young adults relapse at a much higher rate than adults. Only 42% of young adults who complete inpatient treatment for chemical dependence maintain total abstinence from alcohol or other drugs during the year following treatment. Of those who return to their addiction, 78% will likely relapse during the first six months of recovery. Some studies even suggest that nearly 80% of students who return to their former high schools after treatment will begin using drugs or alcohol again.
Of those students who do relapse, 23% have short-term and low consequence relapses before they rapidly return to sobriety. However, 34% of those who again find themselves in the clutches of addiction have long-term, high consequence relapses.
The Answer and the Solution
The reason for relapse seems clear. After they complete a traditional 28-day treatment process, addicts are suddenly faced with the challenge of living sober without a firm foundation in recovery. They go immediately from an intensely supervised environment to one of total freedom. While this post-treatment phase is difficult for all recovering addicts, it is especially problematic for teens and young adults.
A new intimate sober-living community that addresses each residentÂs ongoing challenge with maintaining long-term sobriety appears to be the answer. "V3 Tucson was created to be a bridge," says addiction specialist Gale Earl. "It's a guided transition to support and solidify all the good work that a young person has accomplished in overcoming an addiction."
Earl's devotion to addicted youth at risk is unwavering. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of addiction and is the founder of V3 Tucson. (Her own sobriety dates from 1978). A tireless crusader on behalf of those in need -- especially in Arizona -- she is the founder of four successful recovery-based facilities. Her leading edge approach to her work with young adults at risk provides a yardstick for this addictive population and for those committed to helping them.
Earl urges parents and counselors frustrated by "nameless, faceless in-and-out programs that offer no follow-up, no ongoing support" to seek a new solution at V3. "Young adults need ongoing focus and they have a tendency to fall through the cracks at larger facilities," says Earl. "Our maximum capacity is just 15, so all our residents are guaranteed the individual attention and guidance they so desperately need to transition to the next level in their recovery process."
The surrogate family setting at V3 TUCSON "fosters an intimacy with those living onsite, and, as such, presents the opportunity for the resident to learn how to communicate effectively and live productively within a community or family setting," says Earl. She notes that, "The individualÂs acceptance of responsibility and accountability is also paramount to the success of each residency."
Recovery in Thought and Action
"The V3 TUCSON experience is one of personal exploration and intention," explains Marni Standen, V3's President and CEO. Standen and Earl are the "twin engines" at the heart of the V3 community and it is their combined vision and talent that have powered its meteoric success since the beginning of 2005. "Our residents are encouraged to evaluate how they relate to their world and the people in it," Standen elaborates. "They participate in the healing process, both individually and collectively.
The process at V3 TUCSON is "arduous, but rewarding" adds Earl. "It is one of grit, courage and perseveranceÂ and ultimately success." V3's curriculum combines the fundamentals of 12-step with individual coaching in the areas of intentional living, life skills development, social decorum, academic pursuits and employment strategies. Its success, says Earl, can be measured in the "large number of people who have already been helped and are now back in the mainstream."
Recovery in Tucson
As an integral part of the V3 TUCSON curriculum, exposure to cultural diversity, live theater, opera, motivational seminars, and self-discovery retreats is also provided to "enhance the overall personal development of the resident," says Earl. She believes strongly that "re-integration into normal society and activities" is another challenge for those in recovery.
"We're proud to be in the city of Tucson where there is such a broad range of cultural and historic programs that are designed to educate, entertain and inspire our residents to achieve their dreams and live healthy, happy lives," says Earl. ""At V3 TUCSON, excellence is the standard and responsible self-discovery the key."
For information on V3 TUCSON, call 1-888-V3-TUCSON, send an email to info@V3TUCSON.com, or visit them online at http://www.v3tucson.com
Marni Standen/Gale Earl
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