Staying Substance-Free on Campus with These Tips
It’s no secret that college can be a time of great exploration and growth. For many young adults, it’s their first time living away from home and making their own decisions. While this is an exciting time, it can also be challenging—especially when learning how to live substance-free.
There are many reasons why it’s important to stay sober in college. First and foremost, substance abuse can lead to academic failure. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), “college students who drink heavily are more likely than nondrinkers to have lower grades and withdraw from school.” In addition, alcohol and drug abuse can increase the risk of sexual assault or rape.
But perhaps most importantly, staying sober throughout college is essential for your health and safety. If untreated, substance abuse can lead to addiction and severe consequences. Additionally, alcohol and drugs can increase your risk of accidents and injuries while you’re partying or studying.
So what can you do to stay sober in college? Here are a few tips:
Set boundaries for yourself and stick to them. If you know you can’t handle alcohol, don’t drink. It’s as simple as that.
Use accountability as a tool. Find a support system of friends or family members who will hold you accountable for your sobriety.
Identify your triggers and avoid them. If being around certain people or places makes you want to drink or use drugs, stay away from them.
Talk to someone if you’re struggling. Many colleges have counselors or therapists who can help you deal with any underlying issues causing you to abuse substances.
Deciding to stay sober in college is a brave and admirable one. It takes courage to go against the grain and live a substance-free lifestyle. But it’s worth it for your health, safety, and future.
At Decision Point Center, we understand how difficult it can be to stay sober in college. That’s why we offer counseling and therapy services to help you through this tough time. If you or someone you know is struggling with sobriety, contact us. We’re here to help.