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Therapy Treatments for Young Adults

Therapy for Young Adults

We use several types of evidence-based therapy to help treat addiction and mental health concerns. Explore the variety of treatment options offered here.

Young Adult Treatment Overview

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Programs Built Just For Young Adults

As a young adult, you face unique life transitions that often come with unique challenges. Whether you’re dealing with mental health concerns, or are battling substance use disorder, you need treatment from mental health professionals who understand what you’re going through.

At Sandstone Care, our clinicians use a variety of therapies and treatment modalities that take your unique needs into account. From traditional talk therapy, to techniques like EMDR, to experiential therapy, we have a variety treatment types to help you overcome addiction and mental health struggles.

Learn more about each type of therapy below.

Therapy Treatments

Explore Therapy Options for Young Adults.

Find which proven methods work best for you at Sandstone Care.

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Individual therapy

Following your comprehensive assessment, we craft an individualized treatment plan tailored to meet your specific needs. We utilize our clinical framework to guide you in discovering your own values, beliefs, strengths, and passions. The focus is on your journey of personal growth, empowering you to move forward with purpose and resilience.

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Family therapy

In family therapy, we’re looking at how family dynamics affect everyone in the family unit. Your therapist will create a safe space in which family members can work through familial relationship issues and build a stronger foundation of trust and connection. Rest assured, any relational stressors will be addressed in your therapy sessions’ safe, supportive environment, keeping in mind the comfort of everyone involved.

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Group therapy

In group therapy, you’ll interact with people your own age who are experiencing the same struggles you are. These group counseling sessions will allow you to build healthy friendships with people who have also struggled with mental health and substance use conditions. You will get to see firsthand that you are not alone.

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When you’re grappling with both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder, we call it “co-occurring disorders” or “dual diagnoses.” At Sandstone Care, we address co-occurring disorders like anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, and more alongside substance abuse, because we understand the interconnected nature of these challenges. We ensure that both aspects of your well-being are given the attention and support they deserve.

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Evidence-based therapies

We developed our evidence-based curriculum with the latest psychotherapy research to address your deepest physical, mental, and emotional issues. It is our goal to reach the root of the substance use or addiction issue. We include the following therapies, assessments, and plans in our programs:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)


Somatic Symptom Assessment and Plan

Brain & Body Trauma Assessment and Plan

Weekly Organized Physical Activities

Nutritional Assessment and Plan

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Academic & vocational

We understand that young adulthood comes with obligations and responsibilities. At Sandstone Care, we make sure you won’t fall behind by offering academic and vocational programs alongside our counseling services. Throughout your time here, our committed academic and vocational adviser will help you rekindle your motivation, build confidence, set college and career goals, and develop the skills needed for independent living.

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Medication management

Medication management involves diagnosing, treating, and preventing substance use and mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and more. While not every individual needs medication, we help prepare and educate those who do.

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Testimonial – Alex’s life-changing journey

A Life-Changing Experience at Sandstone Care Ignites New Purpose

“Things progressed where I was at the point that I wanted to die…My life now is very different after going through treatment at Sandstone…The people here, they really care.”

Navigating the maze of addiction treatment options can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Listen to the heartfelt story of Alex, a real-life testament to the life-changing impact of our programming at Sandstone Care.

Alex is not a statistic or an abstract success story; she’s a person just like you who has struggled with addiction and mental health and has turned her entire life around through treatment at Sandstone.

How We Are Different

Sandstone Care aims to drive positive lasting change in real people. We understand that you have unique circumstances, so we offer a more personalized experience than you would find anywhere else.

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Age-Specific Care
Age-Specific Care

We are age-specific, not gender-specific. We focus on the unique circumstances that you face at your specific stage of life.

Evidence-Based Therapy
Evidence-Based Therapy

We only use treatment interventions that have been scientifically proven to provide consistent, lasting recovery.

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Small Group Sizes

You are more than a number, which is why we provide an intimate setting where your voice can be heard.

Individualized Treatment Plans
Individualized Treatment Plans

No one person is the same, and neither is their recovery journey. Your treatment program will be tailored to your unique needs.

Academic and Vocational Support
Academic and Vocational Support

We want you to get the most out of life, which means feeling your best in the classroom or at your job.

The Family Component
The Family Component

Recovery involves the entire family, so we provide support for the whole family system.

Benefits of Evidence-Based Therapy

Evidence-based therapies (EBTs) use treatment modalities that have been proven effective through scientific research. They include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and more.

These modalities provide real, life-changing results that can help you get your life back on track.

Some additional benefits include:

Lasting Results

The American Psychological Association created the policies for EBTs using the best research available. Studies have shown that these therapy treatments lead to longer-lasting results.

Cost Effective

Since these kinds of treatments are scientifically proven to be more effective at challenging negative thoughts, the chances of relapse are less likely, which means less money spent on future treatments.

More Accountability for Therapists

EBTs require specialized training in the different kinds of therapies, which means you are guaranteed qualified, verified therapists are in charge of your care.

Clinically Effective

EBTs are safe and proven treatments, so you can feel confident that your recovery is not left up to chance. Your mental health assessments and preferences will determine which EBTs are used in your treatment plan.

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“As a therapist, I will never hesitate to refer to Sandstone.”

“Clients have shown incredible outcomes after working with them and their team is knowledgeable, passionate, and always willing to find the best care and referrals for their clients.”

CLICC Framework for Success

Learn and Heal in Our Clinical Framework

Our therapists rely on these five pillars of healthy living to identify any areas within your skillset that could use some extra attention. By improving these areas, recovery can be holistic and easily sustained in the long term.

Tools like these will help guide you through the substance use treatment or mental health care process. You’ll be able to recognize your strengths, develop coping skills, and improve any areas that might be holding you back in your recovery journey.

The goal is to get you to that pivotal breakthrough moment – the game-changer that sets the stage for lasting recovery.

CLICC Framework: Commitment, Life SKills, Integrity, Connection, Community
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Not only was the group supportive, but the support from the staff was amazing.

I initially came to Sandstone for IOP and it helped me get through a really though time in my life. I ended up staying through OP and I would recommend it to anyone that needs support with their mental health.

Megan H.
Former Client
Sandstone Care Advantage

The Obvious Choice for Effective Treatment

At Sandstone Care, we believe in personalized and specialized care. Unlike generic treatment approaches, we understand that each person’s circumstances are unique.

Using thorough assessments, our licensed therapists and medical professionals gain a deeper understanding of your background, challenges, and goals. We then equip you and your family with the necessary tools to support your recovery journey.

With our full continuum of care, you’ll receive the right level of support at every stage. Whether you need high-support inpatient care, or just a few hours of outpatient treatment a week, our expert team will collaborate with you to find your best fit.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Often young adults struggling with drug and alcohol don’t realize they have underlying mental health or behavioral disorders such as depression, anxiety, or personality disorders. Untreated, these disorders can cause people in this age group to self-medicate with substances.

Addiction and mental health issues often go hand-in-hand, which is why we make sure both are addressed and taken care of at Sandstone Care. Our clinical team focuses on helping you and your family identify and address these root causes, making recovery that much easier.

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The Continuum of Care

Care for wherever you are in your journey.

Access a full range of treatments for mental health and substance use disorders. Whether you need a safe transitional living community, inpatient care, or outpatient therapy, we have a program to help.

Learn more about levels of care

5-21 days of 24/7 on-site medical supervision.

Our Medically-Assisted Detox and Inpatient Center offers private rooms and 24/7 medically supervised care to support a safe recovery from drugs and alcohol, followed by comprehensive treatment that addresses your physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs.

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Detox Explained

2-6 Months

Our Transitional Living Program combines the structure of treatment and group living, with the freedom of living away from home.

This level of care is for young adults (18-30) who are not quite ready to heal from home. This level of care provides a safe and supportive living environment integrated with a PHP or IOP level of care. Here, you’ll learn life skills and healthy recovery strategies in an environment that’s set up for your success.

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Transitional Living Overview

4 weeks of on-site day treatment.

Our Young Adult Day Treatment Program, also known as Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), is a highly structured level of care for young adults that offers five days of robust programming a week.

Our two distinct mental health and substance use tracks help young adults to stabilize, begin to understand their mental health and/or addiction struggles, and heal from them. We strive to help our clients become more like the person they want to be without using negative coping strategies or substances to get there.

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Day Treatment Explained

12 weeks of on-site or virtual treatment.

Our Young Adult IOP, or Intensive Outpatient Program, offers two distinct tracks to address young adult needs, each track consisting of 3-4 days of weekly programming.

In our mood disorder track, we are able to focus on mental health, depression, trauma, and anxiety. In our dual diagnosis track, we are able to support young adults with substance use and mental health challenges. Each focuses on developing positive social, academic, and vocational habits while continuing with their job or school responsibilities.

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Intensive Outpatient Program Explained


You Have Questions. We Have Answers.

Our goal is to provide the most helpful information. Please reach out to us if you have any additional questions. We are here to help in any way we can.

The amount of treatment you need is highly personal and depends on your specific situation. At Sandstone Care, we approach treatment by considering you as a whole person rather than just focusing on isolated substance use or mental health disorders.

Our comprehensive assessments will be able to determine how much treatment you need and for how long. It’s important to us that our young adult mental health and substance use programs are tailored to meet your unique needs.

IOP stands for “Intensive Outpatient Program.” This highly flexible level of care involves just 16 hours per week of treatment, so you can keep up with your school or work obligations while receiving recovery services. It’s a great way to get the help you need without causing major disruptions to your daily life.

At our rehab centers, you’ll find a community of like-minded young adults who are also on the path to healing. Many of them might be experiencing similar mental health issues as those that you have faced, or grappling with substance dependency.

However, as healthcare providers, the safety and well-being of everyone in our care is our top priority. Severe conditions or behavioral issues that might disrupt the treatment environment are carefully screened out during the admissions process. This ensures that everyone in treatment is a good fit for the supportive and nurturing community we create at Sandstone.

Both our mental health programs and our substance abuse treatment have multiple levels of care that provide treatment at various intensities. During your introductory assessment, a psychiatrist will be there to listen to your story and determine the most appropriate level of care for you.

Whether it’s our Residential Treatment Program for a more intensive experience, Day Treatment for structured support, or the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for a step-down approach that allows you to manage daily commitments – the goal is to find the perfect fit that supports your journey to wellness.

Yes. While our outpatient centers treat both teens and young adults, our programming includes a teen track, which is for adolescents ages 13-17, and a young adult track for individuals ages 18-30.

Yes, Sandstone Care works with young adults who are struggling with substance use, mental health struggles, as well as combined substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Please note that we do not treat eating disorders.

Each individual’s treatment team consists of six experts who specialize in trauma and mental health disorders. These include our Program Director, Family Therapist, Primary Therapist, Psychiatrist, Teacher, and Medical Director (supported by our Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner).

Each treatment center’s page on our website features a clinical team section. There you can see who will be providing treatment, find their names, and read their bios. You might see letters next to each clinician’s name, including LPC, LAC, LMFT, LMHC, and LCSW. Each of these distinguish their areas of expertise.

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