Addiction Treatment for College Students

 College campuses are where many people first become exposed or begin experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Between spring break, frat/sorority parties, and tailgating traditions, the opportunity to try alcohol and drugs are continuously available for students. This puts college students at an increased risk for developing a substance abuse problem.

The Risk for Student Drug and Alcohol Abuse

College students use their time at school as a way to find themselves and enjoy newfound freedoms they did not have while living with their parents. Heavy drinking and drug use occur at high rates among college students, typically attributed to stress, social pressure, and other factors.

In many instances, drugs and alcohol are turned to as a form of relief, to help college students cope with stress. This can mean anything from out of state students who might feel depressed due to being away from their families and friends back home or dealing with a difficult class. They may see their friends using substances at a party and succumb to peer pressure or simply want to try it out for themselves.

There has been an increase in the misuse and overuse of prescription medications for anxiety (benzodiazepines like Xanax), or for improved concentration (stimulants like Adderall). Use of these kinds of medications or recreational drugs, combined with alcohol, greatly increases the risk of developing a substance abuse problem.

Admitting you have a problem and deciding to seek treatment is not easy but it can be a life-saving measure.Palmetto Addiction Treatment Center can help give your loved one the support and care they need to succeed.

Understanding Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Addiction is a chronic, progressive and potentially fatal disease. It has biological, psychological and social repercussions for the individual and family. Despite how common drug and alcohol use is among many college students, reports show that this can lead to many drawbacks in school performance, mental health, and physical well-being.

The impact of drug and alcohol abuse on school performance can occur as a result of the substance abuse itself, as well as change a person’s behavior. It can have negative effects on concentration, memory and sleeping patterns which can lead to difficulty in school. The effects of drug and alcohol abuse can vary from person to person, but should never be ignored.

College students struggling with addiction are likely to experience:

  • Decline in class attendance
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Drop in grades
  • Social isolation
  • Low self-esteem
  • Being unable to stay in school

Addiction Treatment for Students at Palmetto

We help college students deal with and recover from a wide range of issues including, but not limited to:

  • Substance abuse
  • Process Addictions (like food, gambling or sex)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Trauma, grief and loss

Our passionate team treats every client with empathy and respect, getting to know each individual on a personal level to provide targeted and effective care. Our comfortable amenities ensure a warm and welcoming residential experience, and our full range of levels of care provide equally top-tier treatment for clients.

Inpatient vs Outpatient Treatment

Inpatient Addiction Treatment, better known as residential treatment, provides a safe, supportive and sober environment away from the temptations and pressures of daily life. Living at the facility, clients get back on their feet and they benefit from full-time access to expert staff, daily recovery programming and a variety of effective therapeutic modalities.

Under the guidance of counselors, denial is overcome, behavior patterns are challenged, self-disclosure begins, changes in the mindset occur and long-term sobriety skills are taught. Residential treatment allows for fully scheduled days of therapeutic activities, educational sessions and restful recovery. The length of treatment averages between 28 days and 90 days.

Outpatient Addiction Treatment is used either as a primary treatment model or transitional treatment model following a Residential stay. The length of the program is based on the patient’s individual needs and the assessments from the counselor and patient’s physician.

Clients in outpatient treatment typically participate in the treatment program two-three evenings a week, allowing them to maintain their employment or educational status and live at home or transitional living while receiving the vital help they need. Groups can be held in the morning, afternoon, or night to best work with a client’s schedule. These groups focus on education, individual and group counseling, and relapse prevention.

Palmetto has Intensive Outpatient Treatment Centers in:

Monroe, LA                  Shreveport, LA             Alexandria, LA

Lake Charles, LA           Lafayette, LA                Metairie, LA

Treatment for Student Drug and Alcohol Abuse

One of the primary goals of Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center is to provide assistance to college students before any of these problems become debilitating.

Finding your student help through a professional treatment center is the best option for their recovery. Through a rehab facility like Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center, your loved one will receive the treatment and care they need to achieve recovery. They learn crucial skills to help prevent relapse and keep them on the right track in life.

To learn more about student drug and alcohol abuse treatment, contact Palmetto Recovery Center today by calling 318.728.2970. Let our team help your loved one recover from drug and alcohol abuse and begin living a healthy, substance-free life.

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