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College is notorious for heavy drinking and recreational drug use. In fact, some studies have found that as many as 80% of American college students have abused alcohol, with another 31% reporting symptoms of alcohol abuse. And it’s not just alcohol—rates of drug abuse, including prescription drug abuse, have been climbing dramatically on college campuses nationwide.
At Miracles in Action, we recognize that many college students struggle with unique challenges when it comes to binge drinking, recreational drug use, and addiction. We offer personalized alcohol and drug addiction treatment in Northridge and the surrounding areas specifically designed to meet the needs of California State University Northridge (CSUN) students, as well as students attending Los Angeles Valley College, Pierce College, and other educational institutions throughout the San Fernando Valley and San Gabriel Valley. Our approach includes dual-diagnosis treatment, as well as an array of mental health services, to address co-occurring and underlying mental and behavioral health disorders.
Do College Students Have a Higher Risk of Alcohol or Drug Abuse?
Addiction is a complex disease that does not discriminate. Anyone, regardless of their particular situation or circumstances, can suffer from a substance use disorder. This includes college students from all walks of life and all socio-economic backgrounds, including student athletes, those with high GPAs, fraternity and sorority members, on-campus residents, and individuals struggling to maintain social connections or keep up with coursework.
That being said, the prevalence of alcohol and drugs on college campuses often means that students are at a higher risk of being exposed to certain substances and situations that could lead to alcohol or drug abuse. Additional factors—such as extreme stress, mental or behavioral health conditions, and financial concerns—can increase the risk of addiction.
If you or a student you know is struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, contact our friendly and professional staff by calling (818) 287-0080 to learn how we can help you on the road to healing.
Effects of Alcohol & Drug Abuse on College Students
Alcohol and drug abuse generally have the same effects on college students as anyone else. Depending on the type of substance a person is abusing, they may experience a whole host of negative effects, ranging from extreme mood swings and paranoia to difficulty concentrating, memory issues, and significant physical, mental, social, and legal problems.
College students struggling with substance use disorders may also be at risk of:
- Doing poorly in school
- Failing classes or flunking out
- Dropping out
- Spending less time studying
- Missing class
- Falling behind on assignments
- Failing to perform in school athletics
- Losing scholarships
- Facing disciplinary action
- Being expelled
Despite these and other negative consequences, you may find yourself unable or unwilling to stop drinking alcohol or using drugs. This is a common sign of substance dependency and addiction.
Substance Abuse & Mental Health in College Students
Substance use disorders often go hand-in-hand with mental and/or behavioral health disorders. Sometimes, people who are experiencing the unpleasant effects of a mental health condition turn to alcohol and/or drugs to self-medicate. Sometimes, people who are prescribed medications for mental or behavioral health disorders begin to misuse or abuse those drugs. In other instances, alcohol or drug abuse can trigger mental health disorders or increase the severity of unpleasant symptoms, leading to a vicious cycle.
Stress is also a common factor among people who abuse alcohol and/or drugs. College students who are facing extreme amounts of stress—whether due to school workloads, financial challenges, or social stressors—may struggle with substance abuse and addiction.
At Miracles in Action, we understand the complex and nuanced interplay between mental health and addiction. We also recognize how numerous factors, such as social pressures and other stressors, can play a role in alcohol and drug abuse. Because of this, we follow a whole-person approach to treating alcohol and drug addiction for CSUN students in Northridge, as well as other college students throughout the region. Our dual-diagnosis treatment program addresses substance use disorders and co-occurring mental and behavioral health concerns in patients, and we develop personalized treatment plans designed to enhance overall physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and social health.
How can I tell if I’m addicted to alcohol or drugs?
Because increased tolerance to alcohol and drugs can develop gradually, it can be hard to tell when you have become addicted to a substance. Often, people believe they can control their alcohol or drug use even after they have become dependent on a substance. In fact, it may be clear to others that someone is abusing or addicted to alcohol or drugs before the person realizes it him/herself.
While there is no single factor that definitively proves someone is addicted to alcohol or drugs, there are certain signs that indicate alcohol and/or drug dependency. These include:
- Feeling a compulsive need to drink alcohol or use drugs
- Continuing to consume alcohol or take drugs despite negative consequences in your life
- Trying and failing to stop drinking or taking drugs
- Frequently drinking more or taking more drugs than you planned on
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms, including intense cravings, when not drinking or using drugs
How long does drug addiction treatment take?
The amount of time you will need to attend drug addiction treatment will depend on numerous factors, including the severity of your substance use disorder, whether or not you have a co-occurring mental or behavioral health condition, the amount of support you receive at home, your risk of relapse, and much more. Generally speaking, recovery is a lifelong process. At Miracles in Action, we provide ongoing support and comprehensive aftercare services to our patients. No matter where you are in your recovery, you can count on our team to be there for you every step of the way.
What is outpatient treatment?
Outpatient treatment simply means that you do not live full-time at the rehab facility where you receive addiction treatment services. Instead, you visit the facility several times a week for several hours at a time to attend therapy, take part in support group meetings, and receive other treatments specifically tailored to you and your recovery. You then return home to sleep and manage outside responsibilities, such as going to school, working, or taking care of your child.
If I go to rehab, will I have to live at the rehab facility?
Whether or not you will need to live full-time at a rehab facility will depend on the specific details of your situation. For those struggling with very severe substance use disorders, inpatient (or residential) treatment may be recommended. Others, however, may benefit from an outpatient (or non-residential) rehab program.
Miracles in Action offers a wide range of personalized addiction treatment programs for CSUN students and other students attending universities, colleges, trade schools, and other educational institutions throughout the Valley and the surrounding areas.
Our comprehensive treatment programs include:
We work one-on-one with our patients to find the right treatment plan for their unique situations and needs. Our friendly, professional, and experienced staff includes an onsite psychiatrist and team of addiction treatment and mental health specialists, all of whom are prepared to guide you on the road to healing.
“Miracles in Action provides a warm, loving, and family feel to the recovery process. I can say that I am very fortunate to have witnessed the miracles that take place here. The management and clients' past and present continue to make this place a success. Thank you Miracles in Action for all that you do. ”- A.M.
“Miracles in Action offers stability and recovery. It helps you put your life back together in an environment where people are supportive of one another. I am blessed to bear witness to the miracles that have taken place here. ”- L.W.