A Helpful Guide to College Students Addiction Issues
While the use of drugs and the risks of developing addictions continue to grow throughout the globe, college campuses — especially — have become the home base for substance-related activities. Where freedom collides with overwhelming pressures, college campuses have become ground zero for drug abuse.
But why college campuses?
First, the stress can sometimes be overbearing.
Pressures such as course load, to work, money, friends can lead an individual to turn to drugs for coping and stress relief.
Also, some grown-ups are curious about things they’ve never participated in before and begin to experiment. This experimentation turns into substance abuse which can later turn into an addiction. Lastly, there’s a thing called peer pressure that follows you all the way to college and beyond.
Living with Drug Addiction
Addiction is a tricky thing, but it brings perspective to the worth of a human life.
No matter where an addict is at in life they are pulled towards substances and will always influence their actions.
As I’ve hinted at; their addiction controls an addict, but they can still say no to it. Once a user learns to say no, then they can function better in everyday situations.
It’s no brainer that most drug users end up dropping out.
But is this the only option for the drug addicted college student?
Not at all.
There are many addiction treatment options most popular being drug rehab.
Drug rehab is a process of detoxing from the substance, working on therapeutic ways of calming the addiction and controlling it, as well as working on finding the main reason/underlying trauma that makes the addict enjoy and need the substance so much.
If you’re attending college and drug rehab and feel like the light at the end of the tunnel is dimming, here are some lifestyle methods you may want to apply in the course of your addiction treatment:
Know and Practice Coping Skills
By this time in your drug addiction treatment, you’ve probably discovered some of the most important hobbies and practices for your recovery process. These practices become your coping skills, which can be used as tools when you’re feeling tempted or stressed while going about your daily activities.
Stay Clear of Sticky Situations
During these times of drug rehab, it’s important to remind yourself often of the things that are more important to you before and during these instances.
- Is staying up late worth it if it means you’ll be tired and more likely to relapse the next day?
- How about attending that party, where there’s more of a chance that you’ll cave into your cravings and forsake all the work you’ve put in to get this far?
I guarantee your drug rehab journey will be much easier.
Surround Yourself with Positive Influences
The student life can be very lonely.
However, if you’re in drug addiction treatment, then you’ve probably had to put a lot of your relationships on hold to focus on your treatment while simultaneously attending school. You probably know just how lonely it can get because you’re trying to balance these two worlds, but feelings of loneliness and academic stress can drive people to much darker places.
If you can, try getting to know positive and uplifting people in your classes.
Reach out to those who you believe would be beneficial influences in your life, and try to nurture the relationship you have with your family.