Social Connections Can Help in Reducing Depression

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Building community is a major component of treatment at Sober College. Sober College’s therapies encourage the building and strengthening of supportive networks throughout the treatment process. Even in completing treatment, Sober College enforces the power of community through aftercare services and our alumni program. Strong, supportive relationships play a vital role in treatment of addiction and lower the risk of relapse. New research supports Sober College’s practices in revealing that belonging to a social group can alleviate symptoms of depression and prevent relapse of mental health disorders.  In the paper Continue Reading »

Psychology of Smoking: Why Women Experience Greater Difficulty in Quitting

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Quitting smoking can be a difficult feat for anyone to overcome. In more recent years, researchers have begun to explore the psychology of smoking focusing, in particular, on the differences in men and women. Dr. Sherry McKee, a researcher exploring gender differences in smoking, has found women typically experience greater difficulty in quitting smoking due to a number of factors.  Dr. McKee has found in her research that women often use smoking as a means of dealing with stress and negative emotions. Smoking is also found to be more prevalent Continue Reading »

Sleep Duration Linked to Depression

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Depression is a mood disorder that affects nearly 1 in 10 adults in the United States. The presence of mood disorders can often heighten the risk of substance abuse as a means of self-medication. Depression and anxiety disorders are often the most commonly occurring mood disorders that occur in young adults struggling with substance abuse. Depression and other mood disorders can develop from a number of influences such as genetic predisposition and environmental factors; however, new research has found sleep duration and influence the development of depression as well.  Healthy Continue Reading »

Severe Mental Health Disorders and Substance Abuse

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New research indicates that individuals who suffer with severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, are more likely to abuse substances. Previous studies have not explored severe psychotic disorders and links to substance abuse because it was previously considered less likely to occur. This may be partly due to the fact that drugs affect the same parts of the brain that are impacted by severe mental disorders. Typically, higher rates of substance abuse accompanied by mental health disorders occur in those with depression and anxiety disorders. While drug Continue Reading »

Meditation as a Successful Experiential Therapy

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Many young adults who struggle with addiction also struggle with co-occurring mental disorders. They often fuel one another and can enhance the negative side effects of both. In treating substance addiction, it is crucial to treat mental health disorders concurrently. Treating co-occurring disorders as a single entity helps prevent relapse and allows young adults to live happy, sober lives. Often, young adults benefit from finding healthy outlets for negative emotions that may encourage substance abuse.  Meditation may provide relief from symptoms of some mental health disorders, such as anxiety disorders and Continue Reading »

Substance Abuse More Likely in Those with Mental Health Disorders

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A new study reveals that rates of smoking, alcohol abuse and drug abuse are significantly higher in those who struggle with mental health disorders than in the general population. The findings are concerning because individuals who struggle with mental health disorders are often times more likely to die earlier than those without. This is often due to side effects of substance abuse, such as heart disease and cancer.   Substance abuse often becomes a form of self medication for those struggling with mental health disorders. Because of this, Sober College Continue Reading »

Alumni of Sober College

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For those who complete the program at Sober College, there are a wide variety of options to stay in touch with the community and continue to work on sobriety. For many, a strong sense of community is crucial to the recovery process and helps young adults embrace sobriety. Alumni are very involved in Sober College long after they’ve graduated because of the positive impact it has on them as individuals and because of their ability to give back to others still working through recovery. Alumni utilize many of Sober College’s Continue Reading »

Recovery & Education: Woodbury University


One of the most important components of Sober College’s treatment program is ensuring that young adults who enter treatment do not lose time while working through the recovery process. We believe in encouraging young adults to continue to succeed and acquire the skills and knowledge they need to become successful, independent, sober individuals. Because of this desire, Sober College has partnered with Woodbury University to bring college education to the doorsteps of our residents. Sober College offers 5 Woodbury courses on-site: creative writing, public speaking, health and wellness, psychology of Continue Reading »

Sober College: A Plethora of Opportunities

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Sober College is more than just a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. It is an innovative rehab designed to engage young adults in multiple areas of life. Sober College assists in all steps of the recovery process and continues to engage with clients long after treatment has been completed. Sober College not only engages young adults in their recovery, but also in their academic progression, and helps them excel in all facets of life.  Sober College offers everything from the beginning stages of intervention and detoxification to extended care and Continue Reading »

Residential Living: Long-Term Rehab


 Sober College is a long-term residential treatment program designed to help young adults detox from substances and develop life skills that will prepare them for life after treatment. According to The National Institute of Drug Abuse, individuals are more successful in achieving and maintaining sobriety when they are in treatment for 90 days or longer. Because of this, Sober College requires a minimum 90 day commitment, but can accommodate longer stays should the client require it. Long-term residential treatment at Sober College has proven to be highly effective as students Continue Reading »