California Drug Rehab Program Launches New Life Skills Classes to Young Adults as Substance Abuse Treatment

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Sober College, an addiction treatment center in Woodland Hills, CA, provides a comprehensive drug rehab program for young adults ages 17-26 in search of substance abuse treatment and a supportive, sober environment. The college is launching new life skills classes as substance abuse treatment for young adults. Sober College gives students the option to continue with academics and the development of life skills while they complete a comprehensive drug rehab program. Students of Sober College can finish high school, get their GEDs, take college classes, and even pursue a vocation while working towards recovery.

Sober College, an addiction treatment center in Woodland Hills, CA, provides a comprehensive drug rehab program for young adults ages 17-26 in search of substance abuse treatment and a supportive, sober environment. Sober College gives students the option to continue with academics and the development of life skills while they complete a comprehensive drug rehab program. Students of Sober College can finish high school, get their GEDs, take college classes, and even pursue a vocation while working towards recovery.

The College's curriculum is designed to build competencies in sobriety, productivity, life skills, physical fitness, and emotional intelligence. One of the biggest causes of a drug or alcohol relapse after completion of rehab is the shock and difficulty of returning to sober society. The Sober College curriculum works to facilitate the return to everyday life by continuing with normal activities as much as possible alongside substance abuse treatment. While achievement in all of the core competencies gives the student the best opportunity for long term success, sobriety is always the first priority.

Sober College operates under the philosophy that long term treatment might be necessary for the young adult in need of rehab and who may be struggling to succeed in high school or college. If extended recovery time is needed, students don't have to interrupt their lives by missing out on classes or work. Candidates for the drug rehab center include young adults who have drug and alcohol issues, need or have completed primary substance abuse treatment, have struggled to finish school, have attended boarding school or wilderness programs, and who have dual diagnoses.

Students who enroll at Sober College must stay at the drug rehab center for a minimum of three months, and may remain for a maximum of twelve, depending on their needs. The students reside in sober living environments near the state-of-the-art learning center, where counseling, academics and vocational support are available. Clinical, psychiatric and therapeutic resources are also readily available to the students. They can participate in weekly one-on-one therapy sessions; therapeutic process groups that do activities like surfing, trapeze, and wind-tunnel; and specialized therapies tailored to the needs of the individual.

The concept of Sober College is comprised of three ideas: substance abuse treatment for young adults is much more effective when they're surrounded by their peers; young adults will respond positively if they're in the right environment; and the longer a young person can remain in a drug rehab program, the better their chances for long term recovery. Sober College was founded on extensive research, many discussions with experts, and most importantly, the experiences of young adults coming out of an addiction treatment center and struggling to make it in the real world. Sober College staff assist students in getting gently back on their feet, fully equipped with the arsenal of skills they will need not only to succeed in sobriety, but to thrive in their life's pursuits.

What makes Sober College a different type of drug rehab center is the fact that it addresses challenges that are often overlooked by traditional programs. Newly sober young people benefit from a comprehensive curriculum that integrates life skills with addiction recovery. The life skills referred to here include skills in literacy and communication, decision-making, the ability to cope with daily challenges and stress, problem-solving, time management, planning, and occupational requirements. Core life skills practiced at Sober College include such tasks as cooking, laundry, cleaning, shopping, budgeting, and computer skills. There is also a special focus on personal finance and basic investment principles.

Whether students simply need to recover, or they are working towards a diploma or a degree, academic courses are available on topics ranging from Veterinary Medicine to Addiction Studies. Some of the Sober College signature courses students can take include History 101: History of Drugs and Alcohol in Music; Sociology 101: A Study of Emotional Intelligence as in Integrative Psychological Process; English 120: Composing Personal History; and Communications 458: Conflict Resolution.

Sober College makes special arrangements for students who arrive with course material from un-affiliated schools. Every precaution is taken to ensure all work that has been completed at Sober College transfers to the school of the student's choice upon discharge. This is just one of the many ways in which Sober College makes life after living at an addiction treatment center as happy and uncomplicated as possible.

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