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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

College Students Seek Treatment for Alcohol

There are a number of college students who abuse drugs and alcohol to the point where they require help. However, according to a new report almost half of all college students’ admissions for substance abuse treatment are primarily related to alcohol. SAMHSA analyzed data from 2009, about 374,000 people ages 18 to 24 were treated for substance abuse or dependence in the United States, most of which (362,000) were not enrolled in college or post-secondary school.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), found the rate of alcohol-related treatment admissions is much higher among college students than for non-college students who are the same age, 46.6 percent versus 30.6 percent.

College students are less likely to abuse drugs than their non-student peers, such as heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine, Reuters reports.

The report found:
  • Marijuana accounted for about 30 percent of both student and non-student admissions.
  • 16.1 percent of non-students ages 18 to 24 seeking treatment were abusing heroin, compared with 7.2 percent of the college students.
  • Cocaine admission rates were more than twice as high among non-students (4.2 percent versus 1.9 percent).
  • Methamphetamine admissions were more than four times as high (4.4 percent versus 1 percent).

“This report confirms the pervasive and potentially devastating role that alcohol plays on far too many college campuses,” SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde said in a news release. “Other SAMHSA studies have shown that one in four full-time college students have experienced past year alcohol abuse or dependence. SAMHSA is working with the academic community and its partners in behavioral health to help students prevent exposure to the dangers of alcohol misuse and encourage those who have a problem to seek treatment.”

Special Notice 

Hope by the Sea is once again honored to be featured on A & E’s INTERVENTION. Tune in to INTERVENTION February 13, 2012, to meet Zeinah. This episode will premiere on Monday, February 13th at 10pm and 2am ET/PT.

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