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06-05 Sober programs at US universities doing a great deal in supporting students recovering from addiction

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Sober programs at US universities doing a great deal in supporting students recovering from addiction

Groups of college students hanging out in a bar and binge drinking is quite a common sight these days. This, despite the fact that the United States has the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) of 21. Alcohol and drugs have thus gained easy access to college campuses.

According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), about one in five underage Americans (aged 12 to 20) were current alcohol users. About 7.3 million people aged 12 to 20 reported drinking alcohol in the past month, of which 4.5 million reported binge drinking and 1.1 million accepted heavy alcohol use.

So far, students’ assertions have highlighted the unsupportive stance of the universities toward implementing or offering sober programs support. However, with several universities making strides to introduce sobriety programs, the students’ perceptions seem to be changing and a positive scenario is evolving. As per the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE), the number of addiction recovery programs on campuses nationwide has increased to 186 in 2018 from 29 in 2013. These programs offer counseling and substance-free housing along with sober social events ranging from tailgates to trips.

“Bringing recovery supports into the college campus can be a key part of an individual’s academic success and the success of their overall recovery,” said Christopher Jones, director of the National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory at SAMHSA.

Benefits of on-campus support groups

Places such as colleges and universities are meant to help bring out the best in students and foster learning and insights in them. However, students often end up exposed to vices such as alcohol and drug abuse, especially during their transformative years. It is purely because of this that makes it all the more important for colleges and universities to stay prepared with support groups and recovery programs to help the trapped students attain recovery and live in sobriety.

At present, serving 85 students living together in a substance-free dorm Augsburg’s sober program ‘StepUp’ is the largest residential college recovery program in the country. Operational since 1997, the program offers services including recovery coaching. Also, it has included additional mental health services in order to cover more students struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders.

With benefits like weekly meet with alcohol and substance counselors that help the students juggle seamlessly between recovery and academics, the program has recorded a graduation rate of 93 percent with fewer than 10 students relapsing each year. Interestingly, the charges of these support programs are covered by the university and through private donations rather than imposing them on the students. Besides, the program also makes special efforts to ensure that even the dropouts or students with low GPA are able to get admission in good colleges.

Seeking early recovery

Development of an addiction is a gradual process. The condition is often realized when the user experiences withdrawal symptoms, which occur when the body is deprived of the drugs he/she is used to. However, signs such as repeated or overuse of drugs, craving and urges and overdosing on a particular drug to attain euphoria can be indications of the developing addiction.

It is advisable to seek medical help with the onset of such symptoms. Teen prescription drug abuse can be treated effectively  thorough clinical intervention. It most cases, the treatment for prescription drug addiction includes medication and therapies. If you are looking for recovery centers for teen prescription drug addiction, contact Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego. Call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with our representative to more about our treatment programs tailored for adolescents.

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