Heading to college is an exciting time. Students have hopes and dreams. They’re nervous about making friends, and worry about fitting in.
Choosing a major sounds overwhelming. How can you choose one thing to do for the rest of your life? For most students, it all works out. They make friends, go to classes, take tests, write papers, and after 4 or 5 years they graduate and carry on with their lives. The National Center for Education Statistics says it takes about 55 months for the average person to get a bachelor’s degree from a public institution. In that time, most students learn how to balance a social life and academics. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for everyone. For some, the party starts to take over. It starts as innocent fun, but the road of addiction is powerful. Alluring. Deceptive. Before they know it, their studies are suffering. And their lives start falling apart.
At Northbound, we understand college kids. We used to be them. Young adult addiction treatment is what we do best because we understand. We know the shame. We know the despair. And we know that right now they’re probably asking, “How did I get here?” We developed Northbound’s Collegebound Program for these kids. The ones who have lost their way, but don’t want to give up on their education. Or those who never had the chance to start down the academic path they want because addiction took hold too early. That’s when we step in and help them rediscover their passions and reestablish their goals.
But how did this happen? How did a good kid get hooked on drinking and drugging? College students have a love affair with alcohol. They love parties. They love to drink at parties. And they love to play games with alcohol. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about four out of every five college kids drink alcohol. And most of them aren’t sipping wine or tasting scotch. That’s not their speed. They chug. They pound. The goal is to get drunk. The effect that they get from alcohol is so alluring that it has warped academic culture nationwide. It’s a game changer.
Peer pressure undoubtedly plays a part, but so does everyday college life. It’s hard. It’s stressful, and every minute of it is jam-packed. Some college students deal with the pressure by taking drugs meant for people with mental illness. About one college student in six takes drugs made for people with ADHD, says Medical News Today. These medications are meant to soothe real medical problems. But students use them to study. They want to focus. They want to skip sleeping. And they think that taking a pill will help. But these drugs are not made for that. They’re not study aids. They’re stimulants. They’re dangerous. And they can lead to addiction.
Many students also get into other drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, prescription painkillers, marijuana, mushrooms, and much more. New synthetic drugs are produced all the time.
If there’s a sensation a college student wants, there’s probably a drug dealer out there who can supply it. But it comes at a price. Dropping out of class starts to seem like a good idea. It means the freedom to spend more time getting high. Money set aside for classes and books starts going towards the next fix. Dropping out seems like the solution to every problem.
Breaking the Cycle
Finding a job without a college degree in today’s world is hard. In 2013, the unemployment rate for those with a high school diploma and no college degree was 17.5 percent, says the National Center for Education Statistics. But those with a bachelor’s degree had an unemployment rate of only 7 percent.
So what does that mean to a college drop out? It often means no job. It means no money. It means no security. And no place to go every day.
An aimless life is the breeding ground for a downward spiral. This is when things start to get dark. And these students are not alone. CNN suggests that one unemployed person in six has some kind of substance abuse problem. There’s nowhere to go all day. Spending all day drinking and using quickly erodes the self-esteem, which can make them even more prone to drug use, says a study in Addiction and Health. With low self-esteem, the spiral continues. Why should they have to look at what they’ve become? Why should they make different choices? Why should they care about their future? On this shame spiral, using seems reasonable. It sounds like an escape. And it sounds like something to do.
But eventually they find themselves alone. There is nothing to distract them from temptation. What was once fun, is now a necessity to get through the day. Getting their next fix becomes the center of their universe. But this wasn’t how it was supposed to be. They had plans. Life was supposed to start after college, but they got stuck somewhere along the way. Yesterday they were having fun. And today they’re living in hell.
How to get help
Whether you fear your academic life is slipping through your fingers or you’ve already dropped out, there are answers. Life doesn’t have to continue like this. We want you to reclaim your life. Northbound can help. We have a record of helping young adults get back on their feet. We’ve helped many of our clients not only kick their addiction, but go on to get their degree. We’ve watched as they’ve rediscovered their passions and reestablished their goals. We can do that for you too.
We invite you to participate in our Collegebound Program, which combines higher education with our 12-step recovery program. First we help you face your addiction. Sobriety comes first. But once you’re back on your feet, we want to show you than anything is possible. With Northbound by your side, you can re-enroll in college within our supportive environment. You can complete your high school diploma. You can get a GED. Or you can become a drug and alcohol counselor. Maybe you’ve dreamed of being a chef, an artist, or a hair dresser? We can help you enroll in any of the local vocational schools. The options are endless. It’s up to you.
Once school begins, we provide the services necessary to succeed. We have a designated College Program Manager who advises our clients and helps them stay on track. Our team of clinicians understand that every client has individual needs. Different students are attending different schools and pursuing different dreams. Our clients receive the individual care that they deserve. We assist you while you choose your classes. We provide monitored study sessions. We provide transportation to and from school. And then we take it one step further and help you plan for a career. With sobriety, a full life after college is within your grasp. So we’re here to help you put your new education to use. We invite you to join our CareerBound Program, where we help you build your career. We walk with you in developing your resume. We teach you how to interview. Transitioning back to your life happens gradually, and our team is by your side to support you.
There are tutors here to help you. And other students who are just like you. You’ll be a part of a community of other young adults who are dealing with the same issues. Like you, they’ve confronted their addictions. They’re reclaiming their dreams, and they’re planning for a future. They’re learning to take on stress little by little and are learning how to do it sober. You are not alone! They live with you. Learn with you. Support you. Northbound’s College Program can pull you out of your nightmare, get you back on track, and into a community with others just like you. Today, if you’re ready.
Enrolling is super easy. We accept most insurance plans and have a dedicated insurance team to handle the details. They’re here to soothe your stress. Pave your way. You can focus on your health. You can focus on your happiness. And you can focus on your future.
There are other options, of course. Some colleges offer specialized programs. In Texas, for example, a university offers students with an addiction the opportunity to enroll in a treatment and education program. It’s all bundled. Right there on campus. For any student who might want to enroll. But that program isn’t for everyone. Neither is ours. We understand that we are not the only answer. Every call that comes into Northbound is important to us. If we are not the right facility for you, we will do everything we can to lead you to a more appropriate level of care.
Choosing the right program isn’t easy, and you probably have questions. We have answers. Our team is available 24/7. To support you. To answer your questions. To help you figure out what’s next. And everything you say will be kept confidential.
“I am very happy that I came here – it saved my life. I always wanted to get clean, but never had the motivation. Northbound somehow gave me the motivation” - Tommy
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