Do you have a son or daughter getting ready to leave home to attend college? Are they living on campus in another state or town? If so, you might be worried about their well-being and ability to take care of themselves. You also probably wonder if they're responsible enough to do their schoolwork and attend classes without the watchful eye of an adult, 24/7.
While it can be stressful to consider, we must also contemplate substance abuse among college kids, on top of worrying about whether or not they're getting their homework done. If you have a child with addiction issues, be sure to call Legacy Freedom. Our affordable options for outpatient drug treatment in Asheville NC mean they'll never miss a class. Call today to learn more.
Millions of College Kids Abuse Substances Every Day
When we think about what our young adults are doing away from home, our thoughts are geared towards transitional times, living without parents, making important financial choices and becoming an adult. While it’s often the last thing on our minds, substance abuse is another challenge our young adults face as they enter college.
Believe it or not, one in five college students partake in drugs or alcohol during their time learning and growing on a university level.
After research was done among college students regarding substance abuse, it was found that a startling number of young adults drink or smoke marijuana on a daily basis.
In fact, in between classes, studying and spending time at the library, more than one million students are drinking alcohol at a party or bar. Around 700,000 are getting high by smoking weed. If you have a son or daughter who is addicted, call Legacy Freedom. We offer the best outpatient drug treatment in Asheville NC.
In addition to weed and alcohol, students are also using other substances. It's frightening to think that our kids are using drugs while away from home, but knowing the facts and learning how to help them overcome substance abuse is key.
There's a difference in use between part-time students and full-time. Below, you'll find a few facts according to samhsa.gov.
- 9,808 full-time college students used hallucinogens
- 703,759 full-time college students used marijuana
- 4,570 full-time college students used heroin
- 3,341 full-time college students used inhalants
- 11,338 full-time college students used cocaine
- 2 million full-time college students drank alcohol
The following information, according to samhsa.gov, shows the substances college kids enrolled only part-time are partaking in on a daily basis:
- 991 part-time college students used inhalants
- 3,629 part-time college students used cocaine
- 3,239 part-time college students used hallucinogens
- 239,212 part-time college students drank alcohol
- 2,590 part-time college students used heroin
- 195,020 part-time college students used marijuana
First Time Abusers
First-time substance abuse users are often full-time college students. While this might come as a shock, considering many teens experiment with substance abuse in high school, the following information, according to NSDUH data shows that 9.9 percent of full-time college students aged 18 to 22 drank alcohol for the first time in the past year. Looking at things from a daily perspective, the full time students used the following substance for the first time, on average. If you have a college student suffering from addiction, get them outpatient drug treatment in Asheville NC. Call Legacy Freedom for more information.
- 649 full-time college students used hallucinogens
- 559 full-time college students used prescription-type pain relievers recreationally
- 447 full-time college students used cocaine
- 415 full-time college students used licit or illicit stimulants recreationally
- 39 full-time college students used methamphetamine
- 2,179 full-time college students drank alcohol
- 19 full-time college students used heroin
- 166 full-time college students used inhalants
- 1,326 full-time college students used an illicit drug
- 1,299 full-time college students used marijuana
The following recap will help you get a brief idea of the serious problem our young adults face as they transition from high school to college. According to data from 2011 to 2014, The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports the following:
- The combined 2011 to 2014 NSDUH data indicate there was an annual average of about 2.0 million part-time college students aged 18 to 22 in the United States.
- According to NSDUH data, 8.9 percent of part-time college students aged 18 to 22 drank alcohol for the first time in 2014.
- Of the roughly 2.0 million part-time college students in the United States, 3.8 percent used illicit drugs for the first time in the past year.
On an average day during 2014, part-time college students used the following substances for the first time.
- Of the 9.0 million full-time college students in the United States, 1.2 million drank alcohol, and 703,759 used marijuana.
- Of the 2.0 million part-time college students in the United States, 239,212 drank alcohol, and 195,020 used marijuana.
- 453 part-time college students drank alcohol for the first time, and 174 used an illicit drug for the first time.
- 2,179 full-time college students drank alcohol for the first time, and 1,326 used an illicit drug for the first time.
"Substance misuse at any age can jeopardize one's health and long-term well-being, but college students may be particularly at risk because of the pressures they face at this critical juncture of their lives," said Frances Harding, director of SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. He also stated that "College administration, faculty and staff; students; parents; and the surrounding community must work to ensure that college students get the effective prevention programming and treatment services they need."
College students who need drug treatment might consider the following types of therapy. Treating young adults is very different from those that are older than 30 years of age.
- Educational therapy groups
- Family advising and education
- Holistic education
- Individual therapy
- Recovery planning for relapse prevention
- Recreational activities
- Team building
Trusting a facility like Legacy isn’t like any other type of rehab college students will experience. We offer the following to those struggling with addiction, to help them learn what life without drugs and alcohol will be like:
- adventure therapy
- comprehensive onboarding and evaluation
- drug testing
- dual diagnosis
- family therapy
- group therapy
- individual counseling focused on the individual’s needs
- life skills
- parental support and assistance
To learn more about Legacy Freedom of Asheville, contact us today. We are here to help.
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