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How Can I Navigate College in Recovery?

Let’s not kid ourselves—college can be extremely stressful for any young adult. It can be even more stressful for those who have struggled with substance abuse and are now in recovery.

For many, college is often the first time that young adults are exposed to drugs and alcohol. Sadly, this can lead to high rates of substance abuse. What about those in college who already struggle with substance use disorder (SUD)?

While being a college student in recovery can be very nerve-wracking, there is no need to fret. Many tools, treatments, and aftercare methods are available that can make navigating college much less stressful.

Staying on the Path of Recovery While Pursuing Higher Education

It is no myth that alcohol and drug use are present in college. For many, this can be harmless experimentation. However, for those struggling with SUD, it can spell unwanted stress and anxiety.

Aaron White of The National Insitute of Medicine has researched the use of alcohol both for non-college students and college students. The results showed that excessive alcohol use among college students was significantly higher than that of their non-college peers.

There is a saying in many 12-Step programs that goes “people, places, and things.” This means that those in recovery should try and be wary of these three things when it comes to their recovery. But what if the place (college) that may trigger your substance abuse is unavoidable? That is where aftercare comes into the recovery picture.

The Importance of Aftercare While in College

Many people have the misconception that substance abuse recovery is a “one-and-done” thing. Anyone who has experienced it for themselves, or gone through it with a loved one, knows this is not the case. That is why aftercare is important.

Utilizing tools like 12-Step meetings, meditation, individual or group therapy, and yoga can help someone navigate their way through college. College can be a scary time, but it doesn’t have to be. The only stress you should have to feel is about that early exam tomorrow.

Navigating college while also struggling with substance use disorder (SUD) can be harrowing to think about. However, there are many tools to help you cope with the stresses that college life may bring in recovery. Please remember that with a positive and active aftercare plan, your college life does not have to be affected by your past substance abuse. There are people out there who want you to succeed. Please reach out. For more information, call The Guest House at (855) 483-7800.