Does Teen Volunteering Help Addiction?

When you look at marketing material for substance abuse and addiction, one of the concepts you will see a lot about is individualized therapy. Everything is centered on the person in recovery getting better. In theory, this seems like a logical approach to treating alcohol and drug abuse as well as mental health issues. But I would argue that treatment facilities need to start making volunteer work a part of their treatment program, especially for teens and young adults.

No matter what your problems are, volunteering is always a good way to step outside of yourself, step outside of your own problems, and help others in the community. A lot of addiction involves making bad choices and participating in negative, selfish behaviors. When teens and young adults are forced to be selfless and think of others, they allow themselves to live in an unselfish way.

Learning how to combat selfishness is one of the first steps in addiction treatment. Addiction and drug about is a disease. It cannot always be prevented. Those who have addiction may have to work a little harder than those who don’t. One of the best ways to do this is to volunteer for organizations within the community and to help others.

Helping others is the best thing that you can do, and it will be the best way to jump start your addiction treatment. Studies have shown that treatment centers who encourage their patients to do some kind of service work have better results. 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous are so successful because the final step encourages members to help other alcoholics who are still suffering. In the act of helping others, they are able to do what they need to do to stay sober.