When finals week rolls around, teens face specific challenges to their sobriety. Between stressing out about exams, being pulled in several directions by their activities, and trying to find time for friends, it's easy to lose sight of their recovery goals.
It's important to remember that staying sober is crucial. By taking some simple steps, you can make sure that you avoid uncomfortable situations and stay on track with your recovery during this busy time of year.
The pressure to succeed is intense, and the stress mounts as exam time approaches. Students struggling in a subject area may feel the need to self-medicate to cope with the stress of taking the test.
Even students doing well in school contend with the pressure of maintaining their GPA. Some feel tempted to misuse stimulants such as Ritalin or Adderall. They may party with alcohol and other drugs to blow off steam when they need a break. However, substance abuse isn't the answer.
Preparing for final exams requires concentration, and that's almost impossible if you're under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Studies show that even a few drinks can impair your memory and ability to retain information. A hangover is also likely to affect your ability to perform well in exams, resulting in low grades.
The short-term consequences of using substances like stimulants during finals week can include:
Though a stressful time, good study habits can serve teens well. Here are some tips that can help:
Hopefully, this article has helped provide a few tips on studying more effectively. If you employ a combination of these techniques, you'll be well on your way toward studying smarter, not harder.
Students in recovery face constant pressure and sometimes succumb to the temptation to use substances such as Ritalin, Adderall, marijuana, and alcohol. However, with proper tools and a solid recovery plan, your child can successfully manage their recovery and prosper in school. Remember, putting an end to addiction is only the beginning of the recovery journey. Here at Clearfork Academy, we believe each teen deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential. We offer therapy-based programs to help teens deal with the various pressures of everyday life, including school. Our facilities provide teens access to schooling through our partnership with the University of Texas Charter School. We also offer initial treatment, after-care services, and other resources to help them lead happier, healthier lives. For more information about how we can help your teen manage their recovery, call us today at (817) 259-2597.
Originally from the Saginaw, Eagle Mountain area, Austin Davis earned a Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Ministry from Lee University in Cleveland, TN and a Master of Arts in Counseling from The Church of God Theological Seminary. He then went on to become a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor in the State of Texas.
Austin’s professional history includes both local church ministry and clinical counseling. At a young age, he began serving youth at the local church in various capacities which led to clinical training and education. Austin gained a vast knowledge of mental health disorders while working in state and public mental health hospitals. This is where he was exposed to almost every type of diagnosis and carries this experience into the daily treatment.
Austin’s longtime passion is Clearfork Academy, a christ-centered residential facility focused on mental health and substance abuse. He finds joy and fulfillment working with “difficult” clients that challenge his heart and clinical skill set. It is his hope and desire that each resident that passes through Clearfork Academy will be one step closer to their created design.
Austin’s greatest pleasures in life are being a husband to his wife, and a father to his growing children. He serves at his local church by playing guitar, speaking and helping with tech arts. Austin also enjoys being physically active, reading, woodworking, and music.