Addiction Treatment for College Students

Addiction Treatment for College StudentsCollege can be an exciting time for young people, with many opportunities to meet new people and have new experiences. Unfortunately, for a large number of college students, drug and alcohol abuse is a prevalent part of college life. From 2008 to 2009, the rate of drug use in adults ages 18 to 25 increased from 19.6 to 21.2 percent. Studies by the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that college-aged adults struggle more with substance abuse and addiction than any other age group. Fifteen percent of all heavy drinkers and 20 percent of all illicit drug users are between the ages of 18 and 25. College students are constantly being bombarded with opportunities to experiment and, for this reason, are often the first to need help with drug addiction.

Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse at Colleges or Universities

For many students, academic stress and peer pressure contribute to the drug usage. Those in college who are struggling with drug addiction may exhibit any number of the following symptoms:

  • Worsening grades or a decrease in class attendance
  • Behavioral changes
  • Mood swings
  • Failure to pay bills or requesting money from family and friends
  • Loss of job
  • Discontinuing extracurricular activities
  • A sudden lack of communication
  • Changes in eating habits and body weight

Students, Families and Getting Addiction Treatment

It can be difficult for parents to recognize that their child has a drug use problem. College students often live away from home and spend more time with their peers. Students also go through cycles of use, related to changes in their work load, exam schedule or who they spend time with, so often they can appear to be behaving “normally” while in one of these cycles. These types of behaviors can make it possible for parents to miss any signs that their child is using.

Many students who recognize their drug abuse problem may be unwilling to seek treatment because they do not wish to take time off from school or feel financially able to commit to a program. They can also feel isolated by the fact that they need help while their peers do not. More often than not though, students feel their habits are characteristic of most college students and do not understand the warning signs of drug abuse.

Need Help Finding Addiction Treatment for College Students?

If you are a college student (or the parent of a college student) and concerned about your drug use habits, please call our toll-free number. Our trained professionals are available to answer any questions you have regarding your drug usage and help discuss your treatment options.