Addiction Treatment for College Students
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), the fastest growing demographic of people seeking treatment for chemical dependency in the United States is students aged 18-24. The number of college students requesting addiction treatment has more than doubled from 2000 to 2009. We created our Academic Track for Addiction Recovery to support students in the challenges of continuing their education while in addiction treatment and long-term recovery.
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) reported that almost one in four of the nation’s college students meet the medical criteria for substance abuse or dependence and half of all full-time college students binge drink, abuse prescription drugs and/or abuse illegal drugs. Students experience a multitude of life stressors and many struggle with social anxiety and pressure to succeed academically. In addition, some students have co-occurring mental health conditions or unresolved developmental trauma, resulting in intolerable feelings that many young people self-medicate with alcohol and drugs. Add peer pressure to “fit in” and the ever-present availability of drugs and alcohol on college campuses, and it is easy to see why so many of our college students develop a chemical dependency.
For young people struggling with addiction, academic success is one of the many casualties of their drug and alcohol abuse. Grades suffer and students drop out of school. Returning to school after a break can feel like a daunting endeavor. Many students begin to doubt their capacity to succeed academically or feel shame at “falling behind” their same-aged peers. Unfortunately, in returning to the place where they frequently abused drugs and alcohol, students experience strong environmental triggers to use, often resulting in relapse.
Our Academic Track for Addiction Recovery addresses each of these challenges, providing integrated addiction treatment and academic tutoring and support. We tailor the program to the individualized needs of each student. Some students choose to continue studying at their alma mater while in treatment, taking advantage of online classes. Others choose to enroll in one of Prescott’s three local colleges: Prescott College, Yavapai College, or Northern Arizona University.
Addiction Recovery Tailored to the Needs of College Students
The intention of the Academic Track is to treat the student’s chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health conditions while providing the structured support needed for academic and career success. In addition to our regular treatment program, our academic track provides college students the following services:
- We provide one-on-one tutoring with an experienced college professor. Rob Heinrich, MA, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor and has taught masters-level counseling classes for several years as an adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University.
- We offer structured therapy groups to process past and present challenges at school and to address concerns regarding meeting academic milestones.
- We provide a learning lab equipped with computers and other study tools.
- We arrange for transportation to and from local colleges.
- We afford access to online career guidance tools such as the Self-Directed Search (SDS), which supports career development by identifying aspirations, skills, and interests.
- We provide a life skills group to foster valuable employment skills such as resume building, job search strategies, networking, and successful interviewing.
- We offer volunteer opportunities at local community organizations to gain job skills and work experience.
Let us help
Are you interested in seeking addiction treatment while continuing to pursue your education? Let us help. Contact our addiction treatment specialists today for more information.