Young Adult Services

It’s your life and your journey. Make every step count.


Keystone recognizes the seriousness of, and therefore gives top priority for admission to, persons with substances use disorders who are pregnant or who have taken substances intravenously.

Keystone believes the most effective treatment model for young adults struggling with opioid use is to allow them to learn and heal together.

Young men and women beyond high school have outgrown adolescent treatment, and better relate to peers than to adults in their thirties or beyond.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that nearly half a million young adults (aged 18-25) have a substance use disorder, with opioids being one of the most common substances used by young adults. In response to the tragic deaths of 47 persons in York County in 2016 from opioid use disorders, (an 88% increase from 2015), Keystone created the Journey program—as many of the lives lost were age 28 or younger.


About Journey

It’s about saving lives. Keystone’s Journey treatment program serves young adults aged 18-28 with a substance use disorder and is tailored to help them find hope and healing through group therapy, individual therapy and medically-assisted therapies.

Importance of Group Therapy

Group therapy is the most important component of the Journey treatment program. Young adults have a completely different set of norms and culture than older adults and are more responsive in a group of peers who share their same experiences.

When with their peers, young adults are more willing to openly discuss their issues and struggles than when they are in a group that includes older adults. An important component of the Journey program is working with a Peer Support Specialist—someone close to their age who is in long term recovery from a substance use disorder.

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The Journey treatment program also offers Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) including the use of Buprenorphine and Naltrexone.

Keystone offers MAT, a best practice, in its programs as a way for persons in early recovery to manage cravings while learning new coping mechanisms and beginning to make healthy choices for the long term.

The Journey treatment group meets Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and individually with counselor by appointment. Patients, after completing the intensive phase of treatment, continue to attend Recovery Management as long as necessary to remain in sustained recovery.

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If you or someone you know needs medical care for drug or alcohol use, call our main office

Call our main office at (803) 324-1800 for a confidential screening. We will help you determine the best course of action and connect you with others in the community who can help you recover.