College is often a high stress environment for a number of people and every student deals with stress differently. Developing healthy coping skills for dealing with stress can be hard for people which is why many turn to drugs and alcohol to help manage the pressure. Unfortunately, drugs and alcohol give students a false sense of control that can lead students down the road to addiction. A number of colleges have begun offering services for those individuals who may be abusing substances and/or are addicted to them.
College peers may not have the tools to help their fellow students find recovery and those students who are suffering from addiction will often be too embarrassed to seek help for their problem. This summer, a group of colleges formed the Association for Recovery in Higher Education to promote recovery related initiatives.
Texas Tech has lead the charge n programs related to recovery by offering:
- 12-step courses
- classes on relapse prevention
- opportunities for academic scholarships
- a serenity center for students who wish to meditate
New recovery programs will be starting this fall at the University of Michigan and Penn State University.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that from 1999 to 2009, the number of students age 18 to 24 seeking treatment for substance abuse more than doubled. The rate of heavy alcohol use—having five or more drinks on five or more occasions in the previous month—is highest among 20- to 22-year-olds; college students are the heaviest drinkers in that group, SAMHSA says.
A well renowned treatment provider will be offering a residence hall for college students in recovery in New York City, which will be open to students going to college in Manhattan such as NYU and Columbia.