“Substance Use Disorders are progressive, meaning they get worse over time. This progression can happen quickly for some while taking many years for others. Sometimes the progression is so subtle, and so innocuous, that individuals and families don’t realize the severity of the problem until the consequences become catastrophic.
One of the major things that active addiction often takes from young adults is their educational goals and academic careers. Historically, the path from active addiction to treatment and recovery was one that could be derailed due to a young adult seeking to begin college or reenter the academic environment after having to leave school or fail out of a university.