As substance abuse increases in adolescents and young adults, the places where drugs and alcohol are used could indicate more dramatic problems.
According to a recent study, teens caught using drugs and alcohol at school are exhibiting signs of a cry for much needed help. Students that abuse substances in these settings are found to be at increased odds of depression, intimate partner violence and attempted suicide. The study further went on to investigate the likelihood of other serious health risks including driving under the influence, fighting, carrying weapons to school, forced sexual intercourse and using drugs or alcohol in other sexual situations. The findings of this study indicate that students who abuse drugs and alcohol on campus were also at dramatically higher risk for those other dangerous behaviors.
The findings of this study indicate that students caught abusing drugs and alcohol at school should not be dismissed as a school infraction, but as a cry for help that requires adults to act quickly and urgently to provide young adults with appropriate services to treat potential underlying issues. These risky behaviors represent the possibility of a history of harm that may not be recognized by family members and school officials otherwise. Given the strong association between at-school substance abuse and serious health risks, it is important for adults to intervene immediately in order to address any pre-existing troubles and developing complications as well.
As an age-specific treatment program, Sober College places young adults in a safe environment surrounded by peers of a similar age, facing the same challenges and obstacles in overcoming addiction and achieving sobriety. For many, their histories and experiences influence the development of substance abuse and can propel young adults deeper into addiction. In order to provide the most effective treatments, it is important to uncover the underlying influences in the development of drug and alcohol abuse, treating the mind and body as one. Helping young adults overcome co-occurring disorders and deal with traumatic experiences in a healthy way can lead to positive growth, encouraging young adults to develop healthy coping mechanisms that not only help young adults overcome past and present issues, but also assist in maintained sobriety in the future.