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Information on Drug Rehabilitation for College & University Students

Last Updated: Monday, 27 May 2024
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There are countless reasons why students begin to abuse drugs or alcohol. It could involve peer pressure, managing stress, or an effort to boost academic performance. Some students struggle with the pressures associated with college life, which becomes too much to handle, thus leading to substance use as a way of coping. Below, you can use the filter by choosing a state to find drug rehabilitation and recovery services for college students.

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The Pressure to Succeed in College Can Lead to Substance Use

College and University students across America face relentless pressure to succeed, graduate, and get a career. Unfortunately, the process from start to finish takes a toll and is not easy to manage for many students. Substance abuse among college students is a significant problem, and many students cannot achieve their academic goals.

For tens of thousands of students yearly, unforgiving expectations placed on them by parents, teachers, and other students lead to drug and alcohol problems. Students are often pulled in different directions, whether to study, party, travel, plan for the future, or enjoy college. It is sometimes described as the perfect storm, and students often struggle with increased anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, alcohol flows freely on college campuses, and drugs are abused recreationally, whether legal or illegal.

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The Drug Rehabilitation Process for College-Age Students

Drug rehabilitation for college students is no different than for anyone else, besides the recovery programs and sober living options for students. However, the first step is detox, which allows the drugs to leave a person’s system before entering treatment. Typically, the extent and severity of addiction determine what detox method is required.

The standard detox options include medically supervised detox and conventional detox programs. For example, alcohol withdrawal could be severe, along with Adderall withdrawal. A withdrawal involving benzodiazepines would require a medically supervised process to control withdrawal symptoms. Following detox, the next step involves attending an inpatient or outpatient treatment program.

Most college students follow through with behavioral therapy, and counselors help college students learn how to cope with drug cravings, stress, and difficulties that can trigger drug use. Some college students need to attend formal residential treatment because of the severity of the addiction. However, outpatient programs are also effective because the student still manages school while attending treatment. The most common option is a college recovery program, which provides a place for students in recovery to get addiction counseling.

Tip to Combat Addiction in College

  • Be aware of people in your environment that are a bad influence.
  • Educate yourself and the people around you on drugs and alcohol.
  • Check if there is anything that you don’t understand in school. It can cause physiologic and emotional symptoms. Get a tutor or see a teacher to clarify it.
  • Go to the gym. Exercise can boost morale and reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Find a hobby or activity, that allows you to be in a different location than where you are using drugs.
  • Be aware of the sources of stress in your life and find healthy ways to reduce or handle it. This could include finding a hobby with no pressure, taking some time to hang out with friends or simply taking a walk and decompressing.
  • If people are drinking or using drugs, look out for signs of overdose. If one of your friends starts blacking out or showing severe side effects, get help immediately.

Commonly Abused Drugs on College Campuses

Alcohol—According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, almost 53% of full-time college students aged 18 to 22 drank alcohol in the past month, and 33% engaged in binge drinking during that time frame. In addition, 1,519 college students aged 18 to 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes.

Marijuana— According to the Monitoring the Future Survey, data on drug use in college-age adults ages 19 to 22 shows an increase in marijuana use in the past five years. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Drug and Alcohol Use in College-Age Adults, in 2018, annual marijuana use was at historic highs, with over 42% of college students. Approximately 5.9% of college students use marijuana daily.

Stimulant Drugs—Approximately 14.6% of college men misused the drug, while 8.8% of college women misused Adderall. Cocaine use increased significantly among college students from 2.7% in 2013 to 5.2% in 2018—it has been at the highest point over the past decade. Also, about 2.7% of college students are misusing prescription drugs, which includes 11.1% of students misusing Adderall.

Pain Medication— The annual prevalence of the non-medical use of prescription opioids continued to trend downward. College students reported a five-year decline to 2.7% in 2018 from 5.4% in 2013. According to a 2018 Prescription Drug Study, approximately 9.1% of students reported misusing pain medication, 9.4% misusing sedatives, and 15.9% misusing stimulants. Also, 16% of students said it is somewhat easy or very easy to obtain pain medication for non-medical use, and 20% of students said sedatives were easy to obtain.

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  • Is it possible to leave college or university to attend drug rehab?

    Yes, but this primarily depends on internal policies within the school. Generally, each school has a student drug and alcohol use policy. However, suppose a student requires counseling, help, or medical assistance. In that case, they should reach out to the specific student health department for different resources.

  • When should you consider drug rehab while attending college?

    Most students struggle with getting help because they fear being kicked out of school. However, recovery programs that help students with alcohol and drug problems are more welcome to help students overcome social barriers that prevent them from earning degrees. When you feel your substance use prevents you from succeeding in school, this is a clear indicator of seeking help.

    Problems with addiction are standard but are treatable with the right resources. When deciding on treatment, it is essential to speak with health services at the college or university you are attending. Most health services provide programs to help students who are struggling. Also, these services can refer students to the proper drug rehab resources they need.

  • Do colleges or universities offer drug rehabilitation programs?

    No, it is unlikely that a college or university will offer a formal drug rehab center on campus. However, there will be student counseling and support services with referrals to outside options. In addition, it is not uncommon for colleges or universities to support students in recovery by offering sober dorms and other peer recovery options.

  • Are there other types of substance use treatment resources on college campuses?

    Rehabilitation resources for college students are much the same as for anyone else. However, most college and university campuses provide health services. These services usually offer counseling and support options to help struggling students. The extent of the services depends on the college campus. Still, some programs include family and individual counseling and even access to substance use treatment referrals.

    Most health services programs within colleges know of substance use treatment services. Also, most schools have policies that permit students to take a leave of absence to manage mental health problems or problems with addiction. There is a common misconception that you can no longer graduate if you leave college for drug rehab. This is false because if you express interest in getting help, the college will provide the resources to help you.

    When recovery programs are unavailable on college campuses, students in recovery are often referred to as off-campus resources. College Recovery Programs, for example, are a haven for students to further their education within an alternative social environment that supports recovery. Also, there is the Association of Recovery in Higher Education, a network of colleges and universities with a shared mission of helping students in recovery.

  • Do colleges or universities offer sober dorms or dry campuses?

    Yes, there are numerous colleges and universities that provide sober dorms and peer recovery support options. These options help people who are in recovery and ready to attend college or university. Students have access to counseling, community, and sober activities on campus.

  • Want to know more?

    The questions from Addicted.org’s “Learn from our Experts” are answered by Michael Leach, CCMA. If you need further clarification on any of the questions above or have any other questions you can contact him directly at mike@addicted.org.




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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.



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Michael Leach is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, who has over 5 years of experience working in the field of addiction. He spent his career working under the board-certified Addictionologist Dr. Rohit Adi. His experience includes working with families during their loved one’s stay in treatment, helping those with substance abuse issues find treatment, and teaching life skills to patients in a recovery atmosphere. Though he has worked in many different areas of rehabilitation, the majority of his time was spent working one on one with patients who were actively withdrawing from drugs. Withdrawal and the fear of going through it is one biggest reason why an addict continues to use and can be the most difficult part of the rehabilitation process. His experience in the withdrawal atmosphere has taught him that regardless of what approach a person takes to get off drugs, there are always mental and emotional obstacles that need to be overcome. He believes having someone there to help a person through these obstacles can make all the difference during the withdrawal process.