A Person-First Approach to Substance Use Treatment

The best approach to substance use treatment in young adults always addresses the whole person. Research indicates that medication prescribed in tandem with behavioral therapy can help prevent drug and alcohol overdose, distancing young adults from potentially self-destructive behaviors.

Medication-assisted treatment helps young adults gain control of their substance use challenges, through the targeted use of medication alongside behavioral health treatment. Where the independent prescription of medication or therapy for substance use habits is useful, a holistic approach to addiction therapy really does require FDA-approved medication and behavioral health services alike.

What are Levels of Care?

FDA-Approved Medication for Drug and Alcohol Dependence


In combination with counseling and behavioral therapy, medication helps young adults more closely manage substance use habits. The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of select medications – including buprenorphine and methadone for opioid use, and acamprosate and disulfiram for alcohol use – specifically for this purpose.

Medication prescribed for substance use practices can help:

  • Regulate brain chemistry
  • Promote mental clarity
  • Block exhilarating effects of opioids and other drugs
  • Alleviate intense cravings
  • Standardize basic body functions without substance-related consequences


Real Recovery Clinical Services only prescribes FDA-approved medications to young adults participating in regulated medication-assisted treatment programming. Prescription frequency and dosage are monitored by licensed healthcare professionals, for the exclusive purpose of helping young adults challenged with substance use issues to make a full recovery.

Counseling and Behavioral Therapy Help Prevent Overdose

Where prescribed medication can mute stimulating drug effects and stave off cravings, counseling and behavioral therapy help young adults identify and pursue healthier, more productive coping strategies. These behavioral treatment modalities often include mental and vocational therapy, alongside education-based services and assessments that lay the groundwork for future change.

  • Enhance communication skills
  • Rebuild interpersonal relationships damaged by substance use habits
  • Improve emotional management
  • Achieve relief from co-occurring mental disorders
  • Identify and pursue positive, tangible future goals

Real Recovery Clinical Services offers proven, evidence-based counseling and behavioral therapy modalities, to help young adults identify a productive path forward. Similar to the specificity of medication prescriptions, we tailor individual and group therapy modalities to each young adult, to inform a purpose-driven, self-directed life.

Far From a Stigma

Real Recovery Clinical Services is proud to offer clinically effective, safe medication-assisted treatment, to specifically address substance use challenges in young adult lives. MAT is often misunderstood as the simple replacement of one substance dependence with another, rather than the replacement of a destructive habit with a productive one. In reality, this confusion is just that: a misinterpretation of MAT’s core attributes.

Medication-assisted treatment programming has been shown to:

  • Improve client survival rates
  • Increase client treatment retention
  • Heavily decrease ill-advised alcohol and drug use habits


In decreased disease contraction rates, improved pregnancy outcomes and bolstered employment probabilities among sober young adults, MAT has a demonstrated history of concrete benefits. Once medication helps remove damaging substance use habits from one’s daily routine, behavioral health therapy and counseling help replace illicit behaviors with worthwhile activities.