Substance Abuse

Calo Young Adults - Substance Abuse


I don’t know why we had that meeting with those people who kept saying they care about me. What did they call it anyway? An intervention? And what would I do in a wilderness program before I go to that other program, Calo Young Adults? No way am I going to a place where I can’t drink or smoke pot. I don’t know why that’s such a big deal. I don’t drink any more than my friends, and their parents are not talking to them about a program. It really doesn’t matter. I’m not going.


Well, I did go, because my parents said go to the program or leave their house. I found out that I have choices, but so do my parents. They said I could do anything I wanted to do, but they also said the only choice they would support financially is treatment. I’m much better since I agreed to get help. Some days are better than others. What the staff and people in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) say is that recovery takes time, and that I need to stop resisting and trust the process. I’m not sure what that means, but I know I don’t want to relapse after two months sober. And I won’t, if I continue to work with staff and attend meetings.


Substance-Related Disorders exist on a mild to severe continuum of impairment and often present with symptoms of other issues to include Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), or Non-Substance-Related Disorders. Treatment at Calo Young Adults consists of participation in both in-house and community recovery groups where the emphasis is on abstinence. Groups at Calo Young Adults focus on an understanding of the causes of impairment and recognition of defense mechanisms which interfere with insight. Because comorbid disorders must also be treated simultaneously and because medication management requires vigilant monitoring, interventions are complicated. Our students’ histories suggest that substance use often begins as self-medication for those other issues that existed prior to experimentation with drugs and alcohol.

For additional information about the treatment of Substance-Related Disorders at Calo Young Adults, please contact Admissions.

Substance Abuse
last modified: July 16th, 2018