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Why College Students Turn to Drugs and Alcohol
There are a number of factors that contribute to the high rates of drug use among college students. Stress, combined with deadlines, course loads, jobs, and social obligations are all big contributing factors. Curiosity and peer pressure are also reasons college students turn to drug and alcohol abuse. In general, heightened levels of stress and peer pressure appear to be the biggest influencers for college students turning to drug or alcohol abuse.
Statistics of Drug & Alcohol Abuse
- College students are one of the largest groups of drug abusers nationwide
- People ages 18-24 are at a heightened risk of addiction
- Those enrolled full-time in college are twice as likely to abuse drugs and alcohol than those who don’t attend college
- 25% of college students suffer from an eating disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health
- Students who are involved in the Greek sorority/fraternity system are 26% more likely to binge drink
Drugs of Choice
There are four main substances that college students usually abuse: alcohol, stimulants like Adderall, marijuana, and ecstasy. The abuse of these four substances have remained consistent among college students despite changing trends over time.
Signs of Abuse
- Binge drinking
- Peer pressure
- Hazing or initiation rituals
- Alcohol poisoning
- College grades start to deteriorate
- Changes in appearance
- Decreased interest in extracurricular activities
- Shift in sleeping patterns
- Uncharacteristic mood swings
The most important thing to do if you suspect drug use is to intervene and initiate a conversation. Long-term cognitive and behavioral effects can result from an addiction, because teens’ brains are still developing until they reach their mid-20s. If someone admits to drug abuse, it is important to stay level headed; if parents lash out, it often prevents the teen from opening up about their problem.
Introducing The Future Horizons Program
The Future Horizons program is designed to repair broken academic relationships. Professional staff will assess student needs and assist in navigating obstacles present in early recovery. Specialized actions include assisting with medical expungement, course assessment, and university reconciliation. The Futures Horizons program focuses on healthy recovery practices that facilitate postsecondary success.
Balboa Horizons takes each individual and develops a strategic plan for recovery. Each plan is meticulously thought out in collaboration between the client and case managers. Every client has a say in their recovery and the development of their education. Working together helps create buy-in from the client and also reduces the stress of getting back on track at school.
Keeping our clients on track for successful reentry to life is what we do. Balboa Horizons has had some amazing successes come through our program. The Future Horizons program gives every person the best chance of leading a productive academic life as well as providing a solid foundation for recovery.
Balboa Horizons also offers the following services to our Future Horizons clients:
- Coordinating Transcripts
- Setting Goals
Many of the clients at Balboa Horizons were introduced to drugs in college to help cram for exams while others began in high school and the party never stopped. Whatever the situation is Balboa Horizons has an experienced team to help get you or your loved one back on track to finish school with success.
The Future Horizons program bridges the gap between education and a successful recovery. Call Balboa Horizons today to speak to our caring team. (866) 316-4012