Drug Abuse in College
Drug abuse is rampant in schools. So now that it’s “back to school” time, it’s critical to become as aware as possible to the dangers of drug abuse in college and the increased risk of addiction.
Adolescents and young adults are packing up their cars and making the trip to college. Some may have used drugs in high school while others may have never picked up a single substance in their life. Either way, the exposure to party drugs, new groups of people, and more freedom can be a cause for concern. Whether they are freshmen starting a brand new chapter in their life or returning for another semester, all students are in danger of substance abuse.
Abusing Drugs Can Lead to Addiction
When you abuse one substance, you are at greater risk to abuse other, possibly more serious substances. As a result of continual substance abuse, a psychological and/or physical dependence can occur. Therefore, a college student’s recreational drug use can easily develop into a full-blown drug addiction. In other words, drug abuse in college can lead to a life of addiction.
Addiction Doesn’t Discriminate Against Anyone
People tend to believe in the misconception that addiction could “never” happen to them or someone they love. The truth is that it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, what you do for a living, or even what you look like. Addiction does not discriminate and while it doesn’t happen to everyone, it can happen to anyone.
Time and time again, it is being proven that drug and alcohol addiction can affect anyone regardless of their age, religion, social class, ethnicity, or status of employment. Young adults who are heading off to college are particularly susceptible to drug addiction because of how much drug abuse occurs on college campuses.
What Can You Do to Prevent Drug Abuse on Campus?
While there isn’t a way to make sure you or your child can avoid the exposure to drugs at school, you can get educated on drug abuse and addiction. You can be as prepared as possible and work on practicing healthier coping skills. While college is known for drinking, parties, drugs, and experimenting, there are also a number of resources, such as drug-free living, 12 Step meetings, support groups, and student counseling. The best thing to do is to educate yourself and your loved one about these available resources as well as about addiction as a whole.
Consequences of Drug Abuse
In addition, you can become aware of the consequences that occur from drinking and abusing drugs. If you or a loved one is already active in addiction to drugs and alcohol, then unfortunately, consequences are not going to be enough to stop. This is because addiction involves the inability to stop using drugs and drinking alcohol in spite of negative outcomes, like legal issues, financial distress, or relationship problems.
This doesn’t mean that learning about consequences can’t be helpful – because it can. However, it is important to realize that once you or someone is already in the midst of addiction, consequences will do little to deter you or your addicted loved one from using drugs. These consequences can, however, act as a great motivator for getting help as soon as possible.
Never Trust Your Drug Dealer
Nowadays, drugs are being cut with all types of other substances, including fentanyl which has led to thousands upon thousands of overdoses in recent years. Drugs are not always hat they are being marketed as. For example, there was recently a bunch of fake Xanax pills that led to overdoses and even death for some. The drugs were made to look exactly like Xanax, so the average user would have no idea they were taking anything different. The bottom line is that when you buy drugs illegally off the street, you never really know what you are getting and putting into your body.
Things like this happen all of the time. Dealers mix strong, cheap cutting agents in with heroin and cocaine. In addition to fentanyl, other popular cutting agents include elephant tranquilizer and rat poison.
It should go without saying that your drug dealer is not your friend. Again, whoever is selling or giving you drugs is not your friend. Even if you buy your drugs from a classmate at school or have some type of relationship with your drug dealer, they are not your friend. They are making a profit off you, giving you drugs to get you hooked, or falsely think they are “helping you out” when they are really putting your life in danger.
Damage from Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Even though a lot of people, especially college students, don’t want to think too far ahead in their lives, it’s important to consider the long-term effects of alcohol and drug abuse in college. Abusing drugs and alcohol can have a significant impact on the body and mind. At the very least, it will be impossible for students to keep their grades up and get a solid foundation for the rest of their lives if they are swept up in partying, which can lead to a life of addiction.
Additionally, drug and alcohol abuse can result in a lifetime of health problems and possible legal issues. While it can be good to have fun in college, drinking and using drugs is not the way to go for entertainment or relaxation. It’s important to remember that with freedom comes responsibility. If you start using drugs and drinking alcohol, you are likely to head down a very slippery slope and develop an addiction.
If you’re already struggling with drug abuse and/or addiction, then now is the time to get back on track. Call Lighthouse today at (866) 308-2090.