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Options for College Students

Some college students have a reputation for excess in terms of drug and alcohol usage. Newly out of the house and faced with a wide range of options and choices, the temptation for overindulging can be overwhelming. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, each year in the United States:[i]

  • About 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes
  • About 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking
  • About 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape

For many college students, experimentation and overindulgence can become the norm rather than the exception. When this happens, their entire future can be threatened. If you are a college student struggling with alcohol or drug addiction or someone you love is having a problem with addiction while in school, ask for help now.

Abuse or Addiction?

Because college students so often have large parties where alcohol abuse is common, it’s hard to tell the difference between abuse and addiction. While drug and alcohol addiction are medical diseases that require treatment, drug and alcohol abuse is not.

It may require an intervention, perhaps even some 12-step meetings, group or one-on-one therapy sessions, but drug and alcohol treatment[ii] of some kind is necessary for college students who:

  • Choose to drink or get high despite the negative consequences to their grades or relationships
  • Spend money on drugs and alcohol that should be spent on school supplies, textbooks or food.
  • Get arrested or ill due to excessive alcohol use and still continue to get drunk or high

When to get Treatment

Like all medical conditions, early detection and treatment is important to a successful recovery from alcohol addiction.

The first semester that grades fall and it becomes clear that your loved one is consistently choosing drugs and alcohol over other activities and intervention is essential. Few college students who struggle with addiction recognize the danger in drug and alcohol use before it has become a problem. It is important that family members and friends carefully assess how serious the alcohol abuse[iii] is and take steps to help their addicted loved one.

Help for Alcohol Addiction

College is an important time for building the foundation for the future. Learned concepts and skills may become a part of chosen careers or higher level degrees. Helping a college student who is endangering himself with drug and alcohol addiction could save his lives on many fronts. If you know a college student who would benefit from drug treatment, The Canyon can help. Contact us today for more information about our schedules and available drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs.


[i] The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. “College Drinking,” December 2015. Accessed February 19, 2016.

[ii] The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. “Treatment for Alcohol Problems: Finding and Getting Help,” 2014. Accessed February 19, 2017.

[iii] The Mayo Clinic. “Alcohol Use Disorder,” July 25, 2015. Accessed February 19, 2017.