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How Recovering College Students Can Maintain Their Sobriety on Campus

Because of the many temptations that are found on college campuses, it may be difficult for college students to maintain their sobriety if they are recovering from an addiction. According to an article from by Cristina Utti, “College students are one of the most at-risk groups of people when it comes to drug addiction.”

Cristina says that “Studies have shown that young adults are most likely to binge drink, and out of those adolescents, college-attending persons were the most likely.” With all of the temptations and circumstances that are found in college students’ lives, addiction on college campuses is a commonality. Here are some of the many reasons why that is:

  • Peer pressure
  • More responsibilities
  • Stress from schoolwork
  • Frequent partying
  • More likely to be surrounded by alcohol and drugs
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Feeling alone
  • More difficult assignments
  • Questionable sexual encounters

One of the biggest factors influencing drug and alcohol usage in college is that for most students, it is their first time away from home. The transition between high school and college is a significant time in a person’s life for exploring their new freedoms, and in doing so, it may be hard to maintain sobriety. “They may gain new friends, which will act as a pseudo-community that will take the place that, in most cases, the family used to have,” says Cristina.

What is being done to help?

According to this article, the two most important factors that are necessary for addiction recovery are cash and time. Ironically, these are the two things that college students have the least of. So, what if they could incorporate addiction recovery into the students’ campuses?

In the mid-80s, colleges began to introduce “Collegiate Recovery Communities,” or CRCs, which are recovery communities found within college campuses. These communities have become increasingly popular from the amount of support that it has given to students all over the nation.

Collegiate Recovery Communities allow students who are overcoming addiction to communicate with other students found in similar situations. They make the students complete twelve-step meetings to experience support and hope.

Through CRCs, students also have the opportunity to take courses to educate themselves on many things such as:

  • Addiction
  • How to maintain their well-being
  • What makes them relapse
  • How vital it is to have a support system
  • How to form and maintain healthy relationships
  • How to stay clean and sober
  • How to help others with addiction

“CRCs not only provide adolescents with a stable, recovering community,” says Cristina, “but they help educate parents and students on addiction and aid in community service.”  If more and more colleges adopt CRCs, the more students who are struggling with addiction can be helped.

CRCs allow recovery for college students to be more affordable AND time-conscious. They can help students on their path to success while still allowing them to get a great education! If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction and are looking into colleges, try to find one with a CRC program.

Some other ways to help maintain sobriety in college, according to an addiction website, are:

  • Practicing self-care (meditation, yoga, clean eating, etc.)
  • Find an outlet for stress (journaling, breathing exercises, etc.)
  • Join clubs and activities on campus to stay busy
  • Start working out regularly
  • Make smart housing choices
  • Stay home instead of going out

If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, help is available to you. For more information on addiction treatment and prevention, call Safe Prevention at 1-877-503-2608.

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