June 25, 2014

Addiction Program Opened For Young Adults

Princeton House Behavioral Health recently expanded its specialized services for young adults, offering an inpatient program that provides intensive, short-term medical detoxification and addiction treatment for men and women ages 18 through mid-20s.

The program, located exclusively at Princeton House’s main campus, 905 Herrontown Road, also treats individuals who are dually diagnosed with addiction and mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. The length of stay averages between one and two weeks.

Chris Losch, LCSW, LCADC, Director of Addiction Services, said young adults are at the epicenter of a national opiate addiction epidemic, and they represent Princeton House’s fastest-growing patient population. Young adults benefit from a specialized program because they tend to fare better in treatment among their peers, whose common life experiences are significantly different from adults outside their age group.

The inpatient program features a curriculum focused on age-appropriate topics, personalized assessments, and groups specializing in topics such as school, work, relationships, substance abuse, and other relevant issues facing young adults.

An individualized treatment program is developed for each patient that may include group therapy, along with coping/life skills training and creative arts therapy; individual sessions; family and multifamily educational groups; and medication monitoring by psychiatrists, advanced practice nurses and RNs. Referrals for continuing care and post-hospitalization treatment are also important components of the care plan.

The inpatient service is a part of a continuum of treatment for young adults that includes partial hospital and intensive outpatient programs at Princeton House outpatient centers in Princeton, Hamilton, Moorestown and North Brunswick. For more information, visit www.princetonhouse.org.