Signs of Addiction in College Students

Reasons for Addiction in College Students

Leaving home for the first time places many immature teens at the mercy of tremendous peer pressure. Wanting to fit in and be part of a group has led many college students to experiment with drugs. The rate of addiction in college students is growing rapidly, and it includes opioids, heroin, crack, and the so called “study” drugs of Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse.

Signs Of Addiction In College Students

Parents, siblings, and teachers, need to be aware of the signs of addiction in college students. Early discovery can prevent the type of abuse to the body’s organs that can cause life-long health problems. If your child is acting differently since starting college, it’s important to know if those changes are just due to new-found independence or because of drugs. There are some specific warning signs that signal a dependence on drugs exists in your child.

Alcohol Addiction In College Students

Some students arrive at college already having a drinking problem. College has long been the stronghold of binge drinking. Weekend parties are all about the “ritual” of drinking, and they last from Friday afternoon until Sunday night. Some students can barely drag themselves to classes on Monday morning. Alcohol addiction in college students can have drastic consequences.

Is your daughter or son abusing alcohol at college? What are the signs you should watch for? Students abusing alcohol start missing classes, are always needing money, stop answering your phone calls, are always tired, experience feelings of hopelessness, express feelings of failure, and may harm themselves by cutting.

College Students Mental Health

According to the National Alliance on Mental Health Illness (NAMI), research show one in four students have a diagnoseable mental illness. College students mental health is often ignored. Of the students with problems, forty-percent do not seek help for their illness, eighty-percent are overwhelmed by school responsibilities, and fifty-percent suffer from anxiousness it causes them to struggle in school. Depression is common among college students. Depression symptoms vary, and the causes are diverse. Symptoms can include, but are not limited to, loss of pleasure in activities once enjoyed, skipping social events, experiencing extremes in anger or sadness, having negative reactions most of the time, and frequently talking about death or suicide.

If you are concerned with the behavior of your college son or daughter, call Better Addiction Care (BAC) and ask about their free referral service to the best addiction treatment facility to meet your child’s needs. Every day without treatment is a day closer to an overdose, alcohol poisoning, or a crime that can result in prison. Call 1-800-429-7690 today, and help your child to get back on track with their education and future.