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Monday, September 23, 2019

Addiction Recovery in College

Of the 23 million Americans recovering from addiction, many are college-age young men and women. Navigating a class load and skirting risky situations is not easy for recovering addicts and alcoholics in college.

Stress and exhaustion can complicate recovery because it throws individuals out of balance. The drinking and drugging culture at colleges and universities presents profound challenges as well. It’s paramountly vital for sober men and women to protect their progress however possible. When the semester is rolling along, that can mean doubling down on one’s recovery efforts.

Higher learning places enormous demands on those committed to healing from addiction and mental illness. Balancing one’s responsibilities and remaining accountable to your program is challenging. However, those in school can protect their recovery and excel in class provided that they never put sobriety second.

The saying put your recovery first, to make it last is not just a popular maxim. There is truth to those words, and people in college would be wise to heed them if they would like to continue making gains.

We are almost through September, which means classes have already begun at most colleges and universities. If you are going to school, please remember that your success in class hinges on a healthy recovery.

Balancing Class and Recovery

Hopefully, you already know where to find meetings in and around campus, especially if your school is not in your hometown. Staying plugged into the fellowship is vital; attending meetings and sharing must continue for keeping sobriety intact.

Going to college out of state can mean needing to find a temporary sponsor. While you can continue working with your primary sponsor over the phone, it’s beneficial to be seen and interact face to face. Being accountable to others in the program is much easier in person.

Step work must continue during the school year. Staying on top of your recovery is more critical than your studies. If you’re not going to enough meetings or working with your support network, then you are more likely to start slacking in school. This means allocating slots of time each day, specifically for your recovery needs, is crucial.

Returning students may already have a school support network in place, but freshmen need to establish themselves in the community right away. There are many young people in recovery; some of them could be your classmates. Attending meetings will help you find such men and women and help you build a deep bench of support.

It’s also helpful to remember that it’s okay to take a day off from class if you are reverting to old behaviors that may lead to relapse. If stress is negatively impacting you, then call your sponsor or support peer and get to a meeting to share. Doing so will provide you with guidance on how to make adjustments to protect your program.

Naturally, avoiding college parties will help prevent urges to use. Stick close to those students who share your goal of achieving long-term recovery. There are many ways to have fun that don’t involve being around drunk and high people. If you are in addiction recovery, then you know that you are not missing anything. Stick to the program, put your recovery first, and everything else school-related will fall into place.

Central Coast Addiction Treatment

Each year, many young men and women have to leave college to address substance use and mental health. Please contact The Haven for assistance if your life is impacted negatively by drugs and alcohol or co-occurring mental illness. We can help you heal and get back on track with your schooling. We are available 24 hours a day to discuss your needs and treatment options.