Statistics gathered by American Addiction Centers indicate that college students will be exposed to drugs and alcohol on campus.
This isn’t surprising, and sadly, neither is the fact that college-aged students have some of the highest levels of substance abuse, which can taint the college experience and lead to addiction issues. Sadly, 1-in-3 students admit to abusing alcohol at least once and 1-in-5 have used an illegal drug.
Using drugs and alcohol in college isn’t going away anytime soon. A survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) found that 62% of college students had an alcoholic beverage in the past month. In another study by the NIH also shows that college students use amphetamine at high rates with nearly 10% of students admitting to misusing Adderall.
Missy Pollock has first-hand knowledge regarding Exposure 2 drugs and alcohol on college campuses. Pollock is the alumni coordinator at Recovery First Treatment Center in Fort Lauderdale Florida and is also 5 years into her own sobriety. Early exposure to alcohol and illicit substances at College events quickly led to a dependence on amphetamines.
“I was introduced to Adderall during finals of my very first semester of college,” remembers Pollock. “I was sitting in the library, studying for exams, when I was offered the drug. There were plenty of people around, it was not discreet and no one batted an eye.”
The attraction was immediate and she knew that this was something she would do repeatedly, and she did for many years. While going through her addiction, even she knew that her behavior was getting out of hand, and she wishes that those around her would have noticed and understood her pain and the signs, and confronted her behavior.
The following list are the signs that pointed to her addiction and she advises family members and friends to be aware of the following clues:
- Deception and lying, even about minute things for no reason
- Behavioral extremes and awkwardness that that is more than a mood swing
- A drastic change in appearance
- Sleeping too much or too little
Call 1-800 -ALCOHOL or visit AmericanAddictionCenters.Org.
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