Spring Break Worries Lead Families to Seek Sober Alternatives at Four Circles Recovery Center Wilderness Rehab Program for Young Adults

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Four Circles wilderness-based addiction treatment program encourages families to get help for their college students’ substance abuse before the annual partying binge begins over spring break.

What families need to know is that you don’t always get a second chance to intervene and get a loved one into treatment

In just a few days, spring will be here – the time of year when thousands of college students flock to Florida, Cancun, Acapulco, Jamaica and the Bahamas for a week of excessive drinking, drug use and partying. Spring break is also the time of year when parents of college students lose sleep worrying about the fate of their children.

In the weeks leading up to and following spring break, Four Circles Recovery Center – a wilderness drug rehab program designed specifically with the developmental needs of young adults in mind – hears from families who are concerned about their college students’ drug and alcohol use.

“Spring break is a time when young people do everything in excess,” said Jack Kline, LPC, LCAS, CCS, NCC, the executive director at Four Circles Recovery Center. “Even those who have managed to keep their drug and alcohol use in check most of the year let their behavior go off the charts during spring break.”

Without the structure of school, many young adults use spring break as an excuse to shed their inhibitions and revel in their newfound freedom. College students die every year during spring break, many as a direct or indirect result of drug and alcohol use. Every year, there are cases of drug overdoses and alcohol poisoning, and stories in the news about car accidents, injuries, fights and arrests.

“The expectation is that young people will over-consume during spring break,” said Kline. “Their friends cheer them on, even when it’s apparent that they’re losing control. The mindset is that’s what spring break is all about.”

For many young people, the substance abuse that happens over spring break is an indication of a larger problem. Although many parents hope that their child’s drug or alcohol use is a phase they will grow out of, this is rarely the case. Addiction is a chronic, progressive illness, which means it only gets worse if left untreated.

The consequences of ignoring a loved one’s drug or alcohol problem can be significant. Many college students walk away from spring break with regrets. Some have even more to show for their actions, like a criminal record, health problem or sexually transmitted disease.

Sometimes getting away from negative peer influences and the easy accessibility of drugs and alcohol is the only way to ensure that a loved one has a sober spring break and gets the help they need to overcome their addiction.

In the wilderness, young people get away from the party scene and peer pressure and can step back to re-evaluate their decisions. With the support of highly educated and trained staff, young people in wilderness programs have a chance to gain perspective on their lives. This time away also gives families a much needed opportunity to take a deep breath and do some thinking as well.

Wilderness rehab is an excellent alternative to traditional therapy and addiction treatment programs. Young people at Four Circles Recovery Center have a unique opportunity to participate in intensive therapy, 12-Step work and holistic substance abuse treatment, while enjoying adventure trips and exploring the vastness of the North Carolina forest.

Four Circles’ adventure program, which features rock climbing, fly fishing and canoeing, introduces young adults to the concept of sober fun. Once a month, students have the opportunity to participate in these heart-pumping activities, as well as exercises on the program’s on-campus climbing wall and ropes course.

In addition to learning new skills and having fun, the students develop problem-solving and communication strategies and build self-esteem by overcoming challenges. They take the lessons they learn, such as how to work through frustration, back to college with them and utilize the same skills when they have a difficult class or professor or feel tempted to use drugs or alcohol again.

“What families need to know is that you don’t always get a second chance to intervene and get a loved one into treatment,” said Kline. “Getting help before spring break is one way to ensure that a young person stays sober and safe while getting the treatment they need.”

About Four Circles

Four Circles Recovery Center is an innovative addictions, substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders treatment program for young adults ages 18 to 28 that combines a traditional counseling setting with a series of wilderness expeditions. Four Circles employs the most effective, cutting-edge clinical modalities with an underlying traditional 12-step philosophy to create the foundation for sustained recovery.

Four Circles is a program of Aspen Education Group, the nation’s leading provider of therapeutic education programs for struggling or underachieving young people. Aspen’s services range from short-term intervention programs to residential treatment, and include a variety of therapeutic settings such as boarding schools, outdoor behavioral health programs and special needs summer camps, allowing professionals and families the opportunity to choose the best setting to meet a student’s unique academic and emotional needs.

Aspen Education Group is a member of CRC Health Group, the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral care services in the nation. For over two decades, CRC Health has been achieving successful outcomes for individuals and families.

For more information, please call (866) 515-5202 or visit Four Circles Recovery Center.

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