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New College Programs Show Understanding of Young Adults Struggles
College is supposed to be a place of fun, socialization, and the beginning for a new career. But for many young adults from all over the country, it isn’t any of those things. Instead, they go to college with the dream of getting an education that will propel them to the next level in life, and leave with a drug or alcohol addiction that ruins the rest of their life. But it doesn’t have to be that way. College campuses all over the nation are creating Collegiate Recovery Programs to help young adults get through college without developing an addiction problem that will waylay their plans for the future. To get free information and confidential assistance, contact us today!
Drug and alcohol addiction does not just mean a student may fail out of school. Addiction can bring illness, disease, injury, hospitalization, mental hygiene institutionalization, arrest, imprisonment, or even death. Call 911 if you are facing an immediate emergency. Otherwise, pursue recovery options through a college or through another professional organization.
Drug and alcohol use is rampant on college campuses, and young adults who go off to live on campus are especially at risk to develop a habit. The party atmosphere and culture of partying are oftentimes too tempting for people, and for those who are prone to addiction, it can be devastating. For instance, a major part of college life is “pre-gaming,” which refers to the drinking that takes place before social events or games. This ritual can begin early in the morning in preparation for an evening event, and can take place anywhere on the campus other than the official buildings. And because most college campuses have events every weekend, it can quickly become a problem for some people.
Collegiate Recovery Programs
Many colleges across the nation are addressing the problem by creating Collegiate Recovery communities on their campuses that not only allow those addicted to get the help and support they need, but also a place to socialize away from the drinking a drug use that goes on at most college functions. Experts agree that we that early intervention in drug abuse and alcoholism is oftentimes the difference between a sober life and one of addiction. That’s why we support the colleges that are creating these types of programs for the young adults who attend their school.
The University of Michigan is the most recent college to join the 135 strong Collegiate Recovery Communities on campuses across the country. The groups range from small student led groups to large organized communities run by the college staff. The participants range from undergraduates all the way up to those in their late twenties who are pursuing a graduate degree. “It shouldn’t be that a young person has to choose to either be sober or go to college,” says Mary Jo Desprez, who is the director of Michigan’s Wolverine Wellness department, and also started Michigan’s Collegiate Recovery Program. “These kids, who have the courage to see their problem early on, have the right to an education, too, but need support.”
There are Other Ways to Socialize
Oftentimes college students get into trouble because they cannot figure out how to socialize without alcohol or drugs, and the Collegiate Recovery Communities shows them other ways. For instance, one recent attendee of one of the programs asked how it was even possible to socialize without drinking. And so in addition to offering support and education about addictions, these organizations offer alternative sources of socialization. For example, they put on sober tailgate parties, volleyball games, dances, film screenings, study groups, and other events that allow those who want to stay sober to socialize and meet other like-minded people. Some of the participants say that prior to joining the groups, they were lonely and felt isolated in a campus filled with people who drank or did drugs regularly. But since joining the sober groups, they report having friends and activities to do that won’t put them at risk for addiction or relapse.
Insurance Will Pay for Addictions
In addition to getting the help and support they need from their college campuses, young adults can take advantage of the changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act. The new law states that health insurance companies have to provide coverage for substance abuse treatment, and this includes those college students that have health insurance.
It can be overwhelming to find the right treatment center or recovery program if you’re trying to forge your way into a new life. That’s where we come in. Our network of advocates help people find a counseling or treatment center that’s right for them. There are many options when it comes to recovery, and if you get in touch with us, we’ll talk to you about the options in your area.
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Do not let drug addiction or alcohol addiction derail the life or take the life of someone with so much promise! Getting well and sober can be made realistic through effective Collegiate Recovery programs. Prove that you are ready to help a person stake a real claim for their health, future, and sobriety by making your next move today! Your next move is to receive free, confidential assistance by filling out our contact form online or by calling our recovery helpline!
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