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Do College Freshmen Have an Increased Risk of Addiction?

Due to the pressures of college life, many students have an increased risk of developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol.

The stress of college life and the pressure to feel part of the crowd can lead to an increased risk of drug and alcohol addiction in Anchorage students. This is especially true for young people who have an undiagnosed or untreated mental illness. Fear of the unknown, leaving home for the first time and the pressure to perform well can make the temptation to medicate with a substance overwhelming. Learning to deal with life at college in healthy ways is important for a well-balanced life. But if a student succumbs to the temptation to drink or use drugs, there is help available.

The Realities of College Life

College life comes with lots of excitement and drama. Meeting new friends, dealing with relationships and learning how to navigate the sometimes-tricky dynamics of dorm life can be a lot to handle for a fresh-from-home freshman. The desire to maintain the level of success achieved in high school or to start over with better grades and higher goals can increase performance pressure. Of course a number of college freshmen have one thing on their minds, and that is to party. Being away from the constraints of home life and parental authority is just the permission some young people need to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Staying connected with mom and dad, getting involved in the right kind of extra-curricular activities and focusing on academic success are all ways college freshmen in Anchorage can protect themselves from the dangers of drug use.

College Drug Use and Mental Illness

Students, who go away to college with undiagnosed and untreated mental illness, often find themselves struggling in ways they never have before. The added pressures of college life can bring new symptoms to the surface or increase the occurrence of old, little-noticed symptoms. In either case, dealing with the newness of college life and struggling with mental illness can be a dangerous combination and may lead to substance abuse. Getting the right diagnosis and treatment from Anchorage drug treatment programs is the best way to find help for those struggling with mental illness and addiction.

Finding Help for Addiction

The pressures of college life can make the temptation to experiment with drugs and alcohol overwhelming, especially for freshmen. If you are an Anchorage college student struggling with substance abuse or know someone dealing with an addiction, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free helpline available 24 hours a day to speak to an admissions coordinator about treatment options.