Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC, Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope
Living under the influence of drugs or alcohol is more like surviving one day to the next. College students who struggle with an addiction to drugs and alcohol likely struggle with a multitude of complications, including trying to keep up academically and with other responsibilities, including work and finances, while dealing with the physical and emotional consequences of addiction. When under the influence of substances, life as a college student becomes much more complex and difficult to keep up with.
If you have struggled with substance abuse addiction as a college student, it is important to take the time you need to seek out appropriate treatment and care. Many students may fear that seeking out professional help means they have somehow failed or that they will not be able to accomplish the goals they originally set for themselves in college. The reality is that potential is severely hindered by addiction, and an individual cannot truly thrive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Because there is much shame and stigma associated with addiction, it can also be difficult to reach out for the professional help you need. It is important to know that treatment is crucial to recovery and intervention, and asking for help is a sign of strength as you seek out ways to heal and recover. Many school campuses and universities offer students a medical leave of absence from school if necessary, and you can take the time off you need to successful go through rehab and detox.
While it might be hard to imagine taking time off of school for rehab, know that this is actually an option that is not only doable but advisable. Taking a few short months off for treatment can help you regain control of your life and enable you to truly live up to your potential, for college and the rest of your life. You can and will make it through school by giving yourself the proper attention and treatment you need to recovery from an addiction. By making your recovery a priority, you will give yourself the greatest gift of all.
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The opinions and views of our guest contributors are shared to provide a broad perspective of addictions and co-occurring disorders. These are not necessarily the views of Addiction Hope, but an effort to offer a discussion of various issues by different concerned individuals. We at Addiction Hope understand that addictions result from a combination of environmental and genetic factors. If you or a loved one are suffering from an addiction, please know that there is hope for you, and seek immediate professional help.
Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on September 4, 2015. Published on AddictionHope.com