By Sandy Baker
Your son or daughter’s grades are dropping in college.
It could be due to the new experience and living away from home, or it could be something more worrisome, such as the use of drugs and alcohol. If you suspect that your child’s use of drugs or alcohol is becoming an addiction, it’s best to encourage them to enter into a substance abuse program. For some students, a collegiate program is the best choice.
College Students and Addiction
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides a range of statistics that show the shocking reality occurring on many college campuses in the U.S.
- On any given day, 2,179 full-time students across the country drink alcohol and about 1,236 students use some type of illicit drug for the first time.
- On an average day, 1.2 million full-time college students drink alcohol, and 703,759 use marijuana.
- The use of heroin, inhalants, stimulants, and hallucinogens is not uncommon on college campuses.
The information makes it clear. Drug and alcohol abuse happens on college campuses. Many parents, who often live at a distance, may have no idea what’s happening.
Signs Your College Student May Be Using Drugs or Alcohol
Some parents may recognize that college students are likely to engage in risky behaviors. Yet, substance abuse typically occurs as those “one-time-events” turn into routine use. If you live far away from your child, it’s important to pay closer attention to what’s happening to understand if your son or daughter may have crossed that line. Some common signs of college student substance abuse include the following.
- A significant change in grades. Drug and alcohol abuse can cause difficulty with concentration. They can also make it hard to sleep well.
- Sleeping during the day. Most students don’t have time to sleep during the day, but if your child isn’t sleeping well at night, they may skip activities or classes to be able to get some sleep.
- Unexpected financial problems. Drug and alcohol use is expensive. If your child has taken on an extra job or is asking for more spending money, find out why. .
- Changed appearance.. That freshman 15 may actually be related to alcohol or drug use. Some students also let their personal hygiene go or may not change their clothes often. Others may look ill.
- Significant and sudden mood changes. Many drugs will cause changes in brain chemistry, creating numerous instances of instability. Mood swings can also increase the risk of depression in some young adults.
Does your son or daughter need help? If so, now is the time to do something about it. You can do something by reaching out to a collegiate drug and alcohol treatment program like we offer at The Ranch at Dove Tree.
What Can a Collegiate Addiction Treatment Program Offer Your Child?
Though programs differ from one location to the next, most collegiate programs are designed to help emerging adults get the care they need so they can get back to school. Our collegiate residential treatment program at The Ranch at Dove Tree is designed by professionals who understand the unique needs of those in a college setting.
This residential treatment program is designed to help young adults work towards recovery on multiple levels. This curriculum has three focuses:
- Providing specific tools and developing personal and social support resources to enable long-term recovery
- Incorporating basic wellness practices into every aspect of life
- Improving self-awareness to align better with values, boundaries, and goals that students set
The program focuses on aspects such as healing, change, identity, and trust.
Please contact us to learn more about the collegiate program we offer. It spans six weeks and provides options for both residential and partial-care treatment. If your child is struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, don’t let it get worse. Seek help now to increase their chances of having a successful and enriching college career and future.