Drug Culture in College


What is the Drug Culture in College?


When you start college, you are probably not anticipating becoming addicted to drugs.

Drug rehab is something that you likely have thought little about.

This is a new phase of life with plenty of other things to lend your time and attention to.

Between college courses, increased workloads, part-time jobs, and social activities, there is little time left over.

But, temptations, triggers, and peer pressures appear on college campuses too.

It is easy to identify where and when things can start to go wrong.

Going to rehab is not always the easiest choice to make, but it is often a necessary one.

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Understanding the Reasons Students Seek Drugs

There are many reasons that college students may turn to drugs.

Campus activities and social gatherings are often focused on the consumption of drugs and alcohol.

The increased workload at school or increased pressures to work to offset your tuition can send your stress levels soaring.

Having trouble with friends or family can lead to using drugs or alcohol as instant, unhealthy coping mechanisms.

Underlying mental health disorders can lead to this outcome too.

New freedoms and easy access to alcohol and drugs only serve to make matters worse.

While this is an exciting transitionary period, it can also be overwhelming, confusing, and scary.

Whether you left for college feeling nervous or excited, it is a big change that takes time to adjust to.

There are new freedoms, stresses, and pressures involved.

You may feel compelled to binge drink or abuse drugs because the people around you are.

You may avoid going to rehab because this is part of the college experience.

Or, you may feel that you lack the time you need to get the care you deserve.

Ignoring the problem will not make it go away.

Drug Culture in College Emerald Isle - A college student is struggling with the high pressures of college life and is using drugs and alcohol as unhealthy coping mechanisms to help him get through the stressors of college.

Effects and Abuse

Alcohol and drug addictions are not problems that can easily be swept under the rug.

Face your addiction.

Do not give it the power to take over your life.

Substance abuse on college campuses leads to a wide variety of negative events.

Among them, emergency room visits, car crashes, and intoxicated assaults are some of the most common.

With a lack of on-campus services geared toward helping students address and recover from addictions, you may feel like you are alone.

It may feel easier to pretend there is no problem rather than ask for help.

Most Common Abused Drugs on College Campuses

Substance abuse is often encouraged by college drug culture.

The misuse of substances is common on college campuses – from late nights to skipped classes to risky and dangerous behaviors.

Saying no to the drug culture in college is up to you.

No one else can do it for you.

You can take control and choose a better way to live your life.

Some of the most common addictions on college campuses include:

  • Alcohol
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Marijuana
  • Stimulants
  • Ecstasy

Misuse of benzodiazepines, like Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, and Ativan, is becoming increasingly common on college campuses.

These medications help decrease anxiety and help you sleep, among several other side effects.

But, they are also addictive and dangerous.

Stimulants, like Adderall, Ritalin, and other attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder drugs, are known on college campuses as “study drugs.”

They increase focus and energy when taken as prescribed.

However, they are rarely taken as prescribed and are addictive and dangerous when misused.

Why Do You Need Drug Rehab?

Coping with peer pressure, stress, and drug cravings as a college student can be challenging.

This is true in the case of both drugs and alcohol.

You may also face legal or family problems and employment issues related to your drug or alcohol abuse.

On top of all of the normal stressors of student life, these issues make it that much harder to remain sober.

Substance abuse can alter each aspect of your life.

Seeking stability and support is the key to recovery in these situations.

You will find that stability and support right here at Emerald Isle.

You will find it in each therapy session, support group, meeting, and seminar.

Mental Illness and Drugs

Mental health disorders and drug abuse often go hand-in-hand.

Either one can come first and worsen or encourage the other.

For example, you may drink or abuse drugs to cope with symptoms of a mental health condition like anxiety or depression. But, it also works in reverse. Your drinking or abusing drugs may lead to a mental health disorder that was not previously there.

Dual diagnosis is the term we use to describe addiction and a mental health disorder co-existing.

This is a common condition with many possible combinations.

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Inpatient Rehab for Drugs or Alcohol

Residential rehab is ideal for individuals with moderate to severe addictions or underlying mental health problems.

This type of program provides 24-hour access to medical, physical, and emotional care, guidance, and support.

It often begins with a medically-assisted detox to ease your withdrawal symptoms and cravings and aid your early stages of sobriety.

It promotes a sober, healthy, and full life, addressing every aspect that can be impacted by your substance abuse.

The risk of relapse is reduced in these settings, making it easier for you to return to your normal life with strength and confidence when you are done.

You will have access to incredible therapeutic remedies, holistic treatment methods, support groups, and all of the tools and knowledge you need to become and remain sober.

Outpatient Rehab for Drugs or Alcohol

After an inpatient or residential program, most patients will transition into a more flexible program.

It can be difficult to go from 24-hour support to no support at all.

This is why we recommend making use of our transitionary programs.

Partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs, traditional outpatient programs, aftercare planning and services, and support groups all offer flexible, convenient care and support.

You will have access to addiction care and support for as long as you need it.

Drug Culture in College Emerald Isle - A group of college students that have fallen into the drug culture in college and have started to use drugs to cope with the high stressors of college life attend a group therapy session as part of a treatment program to overcome their substance abuse and addiction.

Payment Options

Do you want treatment but are worried about how you can pay for it?

We have a team of financial professionals who provide free insurance verification.

We will work with you to determine how to move forward with the treatment in a way that works for you and your financial situation.

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How to Get Help


Recovering from alcohol or drug addiction can be challenging.

Let Emerald Isle pave the way for a smoother process.

From our first phone call through aftercare services, we will walk this path with you.

We will provide you with all the tools, knowledge, resources, guidance, and support you need at every step.

Call Emerald Isle at 855-613-0620 to schedule your consultation.