Addiction is a difficult thing for anyone to get through, let alone a college student who is being bombarded with a multitude of new information and choices. It is a difficult time in life even without the hardships of addiction. If you are a college student struggling with addiction or watching a fellow college student struggle, take action. Here is a list of ways to combat addiction and get your life back on track:
- Fill your free time with healthy activities, such as exercise, meditation or socializing. Addiction has a harder time thriving in an active life. This remedy is good for addictions that are mild or moderate in nature.
- Set goals for your future. Sometimes just having a goal to work toward wards off addiction through the anticipation of reaching it. Again, mild or moderate cases of addiction can experience addiction recovery through this method.
- Reach out to your support system. This is one of the first things you should do in any case of addiction, regardless of how mild or severe the addiction is. Letting people know that you are struggling and asking for support and encouragement will help you feel less isolated and will bring you the positivity you need to reset your course. If your support system is part of the reason you are addicted, form a different support system that will take your addiction seriously.
- Attend a support group on campus or in the community. Many college campuses have addiction and mental health support groups that can help you understand what is happening to you and how to gain control of it. If your campus does not, there is surely a support group off campus within the community that a student adviser can help you locate.
- Commit to rehabilitation. If an addiction has become severe and the addict or anyone around them is at risk, they are in need of residential rehabilitation. This is the most intensive kind of addiction treatment available and has the highest success rate of any type of treatment. To learn where to go for rehabilitation, search online under ‘alcohol detox centers near me’ or ‘drug rehabs in my area’ and a list of local selections will be available to you.
- Reside in a sober living facility. Sober living houses, or halfway houses, are the less intensive version of residential rehabilitation. They are located in rehab facilities and offer access to counselors and treatment material, but the client is free to come and go as the please, remaining active in their life.