Alcohol and Drug Rehab for College Students

College campuses are where many people first become exposed to or begin experimenting with drugs and alcohol. This puts college students who use drugs or alcohol at an increased risk for developing a substance abuse problem. If you or someone you know in college is struggling with addiction, call Addiction Campuses today to find a treatment program that meets your needs.

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The college environment often serves as a gateway for many young adults to experiment with new ideas and activities for the first time, including the use of drugs and alcohol.

Heavy drinking and drug use occur at high rates among young adults in college, a phenomenon largely attributed to stress, social pressure, and other factors. In many instances, drugs and alcohol are turned to as a form of relief. For college students, this can mean anything from relieving the stress of a difficult class to relationship problems or trying to relax in a social setting.

Admitting you have a problem and deciding to seek treatment is not easy. Many college students who struggle with substance abuse worry about how getting help will affect their studies, as well as how others will view them.

Seeking treatment for drug or alcohol abuse is not shameful or embarrassing. In many cases, it can be life-saving. If you or someone you know in college is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, the time to seek help is now.

Recognizing A Drug Or Alcohol Problem

It’s not easy to admit or even identify when you have a drug or alcohol problem. In college, it can seem like everyone is drinking or doing drugs, which can make it easier to brush off concerns about your own drinking or drug habits.

One of the primary signs of having a drug or alcohol problem is when it noticeably impacts one or more areas of your life. This can include your social life, school or work performance, your relationships, and physical and mental health.

Another sign of having a problem is developing drug or alcohol dependence. This occurs when your body has adapted to the presence of a substance in your system, leading to withdrawal symptoms once the effects of the substance have worn off.

Some early drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:

  • anxiety
  • agitation
  • sweating
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • nausea and vomiting
  • insomnia
  • depression

Drug and alcohol withdrawal can cause disruption to a person’s normal routine, making it difficult to get through the day without drinking or using a drug. Feeling stuck in a pattern of drug or alcohol use can also lead to depression, anxiety, and make it challenging to focus on anything but getting or using more of a drug.

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Challenges College Students Face In Finding Rehab Options

College students can face some unique challenges in finding drug and alcohol rehab options. First is the idea that seeking treatment for a drug or alcohol problem will require putting one’s studies on hold. This is a thought that can be discouraging for students.

Coordinating a medical leave of absence from school can also be a daunting process to face, especially if a person is receiving scholarships or other funding that is time-sensitive. While some students have family, friends, or other loved ones to support them in finding treatment, this is not the case for everyone.

At Addiction Campuses, we provide free and confidential support for people of all ages searching for treatment options for themselves or a loved one. Our treatment specialists can work with you to navigate the process of seeking treatment and find a rehab program that meets your needs.

You can reach one of our treatment specialists by calling us on the phone or reaching out to us online.

Types Of Drug And Alcohol Rehab Options For College Students

There are several types of effective treatment services for drug and alcohol abuse that can help college students overcome addiction and pave the way for a sober and more balanced future.

  • Medical Detox Services: The first step in treating drug or alcohol dependency is detox. Detoxing from drugs or alcohol can trigger withdrawal symptoms that can become dangerous without medical support. Medical detox is the safest and most effective option for removing drugs and alcohol from a person’s system. This service is offered within some hospitals and inpatient rehabilitation centers.
  • Inpatient Rehab: Inpatient rehab programs are an intensive type of treatment that involves living onsite and participating in a structured treatment program. This is recommended for people who have experienced physical, mental, or psychological consequences as a result of their drug or alcohol abuse. Treatment programs typically last between 30 and 90 days and offer a wide range of treatments, including mental health counseling, group therapy, holistic therapies, and medication-assisted treatment.
  • Day Treatment Programs: Day treatment programs such as partial-hospitalization and intensive-outpatient are a less intensive option for people who don’t require 24-hour supervision and care. These programs involve attending treatment a few hours a day, three to seven days a week for individual and group counseling. Most people in day treatment programs have recently completed an inpatient program, are in early recovery, or otherwise, need extra support in maintaining their sobriety.
  • Behavioral Therapy: Behavioral therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are some of the most effective ways to treat drug and alcohol addiction. Behavioral counseling is often offered on-campus for college students struggling with substance use or mental health problems. This can help people identify emotions or situations that trigger urges to use substances, and find healthier ways to cope with them. Therapy can also be beneficial for co-occurring issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, or an eating disorder.
  • Community Support Groups: Being around others who use drugs and alcohol can be challenging for college students who have recently become sober. Attending support groups can connect people with fellow students in sobriety, and provide a space for people to talk to others who can relate to their struggles. Some college campuses offer mental health and addiction support groups on-campus. Other groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) may also be located nearby.

Consequences Of Drug And Alcohol Abuse In College

Despite how common drug and alcohol use is among many college students, self-reports by students show that this can lead to many drawbacks in school performance, mental health, and physical well-being.

College students who abuse drugs or alcohol often report feelings of guilt, embarrassment, and shame when it comes to their substance use. This can lead to social problems and make a person feel a greater urgency to hide their problem from others.

The impact of drug and alcohol abuse on school performance can occur as a result of the substance abuse itself, as well as how substance abuse can change a person’s behavior. Drugs and alcohol can have negative effects on concentration, memory, sleeping patterns — all of which can lead to difficulties in school.

College students with a drug or alcohol problem may also begin skipping classes or have a harder time participating and making good grades. A decline in class attendance and grades can be some warning signs of drug and alcohol abuse, especially among people who tend to be high-achieving.

When a student’s drug or alcohol abuse becomes severe, additional consequences can also occur, including:

  • medical consequences
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  • financial troubles
  • being unable to stay in school

The effects of drug and alcohol abuse can vary from person to person, but should never be ignored. If you are concerned about your drug or alcohol use, don’t wait to seek help.

Finding Addiction Treatment Options For College Students Today

Addiction Campuses offers 24/7 free and confidential support for people who are looking for drug or alcohol treatment for themselves or a loved one.

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