Most people look back on college as one of the best times of their lives. This is where their career path started, many met their spouses there and college was a good experience for them. For others the path is much different, that is the point in time where their addictions started.
Young people between 18-24 are already at higher risk for addiction and college students make up one of the largest groups of abusers of drugs and alcohol in the nation. College students are twice as likely to abuse than those that don’t go to college. College life can be filled with anxiety, it is the first time away from home, and there is a lot of pressure to succeed not to mention the financial burdens you have to carry. College also has A LOT of parties, the temptation to drink is everywhere and for some students alcohol makes socializing easier. Here is a video showing how serious drug abuse is to young people.
There are a number of contributing factors that cause drug abuse among students and they can include:
Stress: As mentioned earlier college can be one of the most stressful times in your life. There are financial burdens, jobs, social obligations and don’t overlook the fact that some students are just plain homesick.
Heavy Course Load: Some college programs are tough and the work load is heavy, students struggling to balance the work load with everyday jobs are left pulling more than one all nighter to get assignments handed in on time. They end up turning to stimulants such as Adderall to be able to stay awake, often the Adderall is obtained without a legal prescription.
Curiosity: College is a time of experimentation both personally and professionally. Drug exploration is part of the culture of self discovery and on campus drugs are readily available.
Peer pressure: College in many ways is still an extension of high school when it comes to peer pressure. Surrounded by others who are experimenting with drugs and alcohol can make you far more likely to give in to the pressure to try.
Drugs of Choice on College Campuses
Alcohol still makes up the biggest part of substance abuse on campus, since parties are an accepted part of college life very few question when someone is binge drinking or drinking to excess. Adderall and other stimulants are becoming even more popular as students try and balance full time studies with full time jobs. Marijuana is overtaking alcohol as the drug of choice as legalization continues to happen across the country.