Addiction has a way of making us feel terribly alone. But this isolation is a breeding ground for unhealthy thoughts and behaviors that, unfortunately, make the problem worse. But don’t feel discouraged: there are other addicts out there too who feel the same way, along with resources to help claim your recovery.
However, this help cannot be given to those who don’t reach for it. Realizing that you need help is the first step toward recovery. Many people don’t know what resources are available to them. Fortunately, there are many options for those who need help and each is specific to the individual’s situation.
College is a huge transition period in a person’s life. It may be the first time that they’re away from home and therefore might also be their first taste of real independence. It’s natural for students to want to experiment in college. However, experimentation can become very dangerous if it evolves into abuse.
22.3% of full-time college students (age 18-22) are current illegal drug users.
Rates of Drinking Among Full-Time College Students (age 18-22):
Heavy Drinking: 12.7%
Binge Drinking: 39%
According to 2013 National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
Getting Help for Substance Abuse in College
College campuses have a variety of counseling services for those who need help. Trained professionals perform counseling services, which are available to all students. These services are completely confidential. Additionally, counseling records are separate from academic records. Most colleges will have a separate Drug and Alcohol unit within their personal counseling services. The best part is that tuition includes counseling services. So there is no need to worry about cost. A student can usually make a counseling appointment in-person on campus as well as over the phone.
Support groups are a great place to get help for substance abuse. Many people thrive in recovery due to 12-step programs used by organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). These support groups are based around the philosophy that a person can heal from addiction by surrendering to a higher power. About 74% of treatment centers use a 12-Step program today due to its effectiveness. Both AA and NA have regular, recurring meetings that provide continuous help for those who need it.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international fellowship that was founded in 1935 for those who need help for their drinking problem. All genders and ages can join. Additionally, AA has a 24-hour hotline that provides support to those in need of help at any time.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a global, non-profit fellowship that has been around since 1953. Its purpose is to help recovering addicts maintain abstinence from drugs. NA’s focus is inclusive and covers all drugs, including alcohol. Membership is free. The only requirement is the desire to stop using.
Did you know that addiction is one of the 10 essential health categories that most insurance plans are required to provide care for? So, chances are that your insurance probably covers addiction treatment. New Start’s addiction specialists are available 24/7 and offer free assessments over the phone: 855-737-7363
Another option is to call your provider directly. We do not recommend this, as some insurance providers will not give a full scope of your treatment options. Also, keep in mind that their staff is not entirely dedicated to addiction recovery. They may not be aware of caveats like COBRA benefit options for children turning 26 on a parent’s insurance plan. Our staff handles a wide scope of treatment benefits on a daily basis. We also offer private pay options.