Alcohol and drug abuse is a common issue among the college “party scene” and culture. Many students start experimenting with drugs at a young age recreationally, and access to the drugs becomes easier to obtain without having parental supervision 24-7 like they once had at home. We see time and time again, students’ stress and anxiety levels increase when they experience dramatic lifestyle changes and leaving for college can be one of them. If these issues go unaddressed professionally, students may lean towards poor coping mechanisms such as self-medicating and abusing drugs.
Some college students are hesitant to get help for a drug or alcohol problem because they don’t think their drug and alcohol abuse is a real problem. Another factor that keeps students from getting help is that they think treatment could set them back from graduating on time.
At Banyan Treatment Centers, we encourage people who believe they are struggling with alcohol or drugs to come forward and seek help when they are ready. It’s important to realize that student health is the priority above everything else. Getting addiction treatment and mental health counseling for college students to treat an addiction professionally should be the first thing of importance over coursework, social events, and even graduation. If someone isn’t healthy and on a downward spiral, they won’t be able to enjoy the perks of a college graduation and career opportunities that follow.
It’s important for college students to ask themselves, “am I drinking too much?”, “have my sleeping and eating patterns changed to unhealthy ones?”, “am I missing out on classes and failing?”, “have I stopped engaging in healthy habits like working out?” This is the first step in assessing any potential problems. If one’s addiction becomes unmanageable, then it is time to step back, take a good look at what is going on, and explore what the correct solution is.