Research shows that approximately 840,000 full-time students currently attending U.S. colleges are in recovery. Therefore, the key to living a successful life in college requires maintaining an honest dialogue with your peers, educators, parents, and healthcare professionals. In this guide, we will explore how those recovering from a substance use disorder can navigate the unique challenges of college or high school without using substances.
Going to college is a time for transition and excitement because it offers the opportunity to begin a new life of growth and adventure. You are about to embark on a journey to meet new people, try new experiences, and learn new topics. For many of us, college and high school are a means to developing the skills and relationships that will make us successful in the adult world. However, some may face certain challenges because of trauma, substance use, and other mental health issues.
Some of these challenges include:
These issues may surface in ways that present challenges and leave the student more vulnerable to drug or alcohol consumption.
During a person's time in college or high school, stress and anxiety run high because of the pressure to use substances and the array of challenges that stems from starting or continuing one's education. Too many experience overwhelming feelings that often lead to relapse or continued substance use.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) provides some key signs of stress and anxiety:
By being aware, you can take measures to reduce the impact stress has on your well-being.
Living a drug-free life will take some planning, patience, and discipline. Certain recovery skills allow a person to identify what's going on in their life. Therefore, using assessment shows how to process and form a plan when faced with challenging situations. Finally, you can manage their action plan to resolve difficult situations.
Good resources to help your action plan include:
We are excited to partner with the University of Texas Charter School to prepare our participants when they finish our program. Participants can join classes right at our facilities through a University of Texas Charter School satellite campus. Teachers who receive special preparation to work with the young adults in the program facilitate these courses.
For many of us, college and high school provide an environment necessary for developing the skills and relationships that will make us successful in the adult world. Nevertheless, some may face certain challenges due to trauma, substance use, and mental health issues. At Clearfork Academy, we believe that recovery is possible and that treatment centers like ours can help. We offer a variety of SUD treatment programs that can be tailored to meet the needs of any individual especially those with mental health disorders. Our center offers a holistic approach, which includes more than just medication and therapy. We also provide educational resources, such as group classes, workshops, and access to academics. Due to our partnership with the University of Texas Charter School, our participants also have access to academic success while in treatment. Our program is designed for individual students' needs. To learn more, reach out to Clearkfork Academy today by calling us at (817) 259-2597.