Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope
Recovery from an addiction to drugs or alcohol is something that requires a lifelong commitment and dedication to the process. Establishing consistent support is key to ensuring that recovery does endure for the long term.
Recovery is often described as a journey that involves many ups and downs, including setbacks and relapses. Setting up a support system can help you continue in your recovery despite any obstacles or challenges you may face.
New Experiences and New Stress
Whether you have taken some time off from school to address an addiction problem or if you are starting school for the first time, college often comes with a whole new set of experiences, exposures and responsibilities.
Adjusting to life as a college student can be challenging when striving to maintain recovery from substance abuse and addiction. Setting up resources for yourself during your time on campus can help keep you successful through the many chances you will face.
Checking in with the Wellness Center
Be sure to inquire with the wellness center on your college campus about resources available that support ongoing sobriety. Many colleges offer on campus counselors/psychologists, which can be an invaluable resource for you in your recovery journey.
Consider setting up regular appointments to allow yourself a time for processing any emotions or experiences. A counselor can also help you establish healthy and effective methods of coping, which can strengthen your resolve to remain sober.
Finding a College Support Group
Many college campuses offer support groups as well as a free resource to students. This can be a practical way to stay connected to people who can encourage you in your journey and keep you accountable through the ups and downs you may be experiencing. Having others that you can rely on and connect with consistently is key to long term recovery from addiction.
College can be a tremendous time of growth, and remaining committed to your recovery can ensure you are making the most out of your college experience. Taking the time to set up appropriate resources that support your efforts will help you establish recovery for years beyond your college.
Community Discussion – Share your thoughts here!
Are you a college student in recovery from addiction? If so, what resources were helpful to you in maintaining sobriety while in school? What resources would you recommend to other students who may not have access to support directly on campus?
Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on August 8th, 2015
Published on AddictionHope.com