Alcoholism & Substance Abuse College Resources

College Addiction Resources

"My advice to you is to start drinking heavily."

— Bluto, as played by John Belushi, "Animal House"

For a great many students, college represents the ultimate period of freedom. The "real" world awaits a few years down the road, but childhood, and with it the rules and restrictions of life under parental rule, has been left behind. There's a reason that films like "Animal House" are so popular, because exaggerated though they may be, they're a touchstone of the collegiate experience for a many people.

But college years, and the alcohol and drug use that sometimes accompany it, often come with a little-discussed dark side: the planting of seeds for a lifetime of problems that can eventually turn into alcoholism and addiction. That doesn't mean that every student who makes the keg party circuit or blazes up every weekend is going to become an addict or an alcoholic — far from it. But there are those students who partake, imbibe and party on but later discover they have no "off" switch. And for them, the habits they develop as college students can have a significant impact on the futures they go to school to cultivate.

By providing those individuals, and their loved ones, with information and resources, our goal isn't to scare anyone straight — it's to acknowledge that a problem exists, and to highlight the fact that any young person whose life is derailed, or even lost, due to alcohol and drugs is one too many.

drug and alcohol use among college students

Drug and alcohol use among college students: A look at the data

By Steve Wildsmith | Jul 9, 2021

Drug and alcohol use among college students is a topic that’s often treated, in many circles, with kid gloves. Consider, for instance, the vast repository of Hollywood films made about the party culture in higher education, from “Horse Feathers” to “Animal House” to “Revenge of the Nerds” to “Van Wilder.” Popular culture often depicts college…

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anti-drug campaigns

Scaring them straight: The history of anti-drug campaigns in America

By Steve Wildsmith | Jul 9, 2021

It may seem like a bizarre claim, but bear with us: Anti-drug campaigns are as American as apple pie, baseball and Budweiser. Much of that has to do with our Puritanical roots, and the role faith played in shaping every aspect of early American society, but consider what sociologist Carl Reinarman wrote in his 1994…

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college drinking culture

Alcohol use in higher education: Dissecting the college drinking culture

By Steve Wildsmith | Jul 9, 2021

When it comes to alcohol consumption at institutions of higher learning, it’s important to understand that college drinking isn’t just a fad: It’s a culture that’s been enabled and propped up for decades, to the point that it’s expected and encouraged … and as a result, it can cause serious problems. That’s not to say…

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college students and weed

College students and weed: Is marijuana a party favor or a problem?

By Steve Wildsmith | Jul 9, 2021

Kegs are canceled, blazing up is in: Marijuana is more popular than ever at institutions of higher learning, with college students and weed becoming a much-scrutinized public health concern. To be fair, the college drinking culture hasn’t necessarily been replaced as much as it’s made room for cannabis. As the data website Statista reports [1],…

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drug use on college campuses

Drug use on college campuses: What are the substances of concern?

By Steve Wildsmith | Jul 9, 2021

Like the college drinking culture, drug use on college campuses exists in that gray area between outright disapproval and tacit acknowledgement of it as a rite of passage. Since incoming freshmen first left home to attend school away from the watchful eyes of parents and guardians, college dormitories, Greek residences and off-campus apartments have developed…

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recovery resources for college students

Addiction help and where to get it: Recovery resources for college students

By Steve Wildsmith | Jul 9, 2021

There are two things to keep in mind for those concerned about drug and alcohol use in college: One, that not everyone who experiments with, or even regularly indulges in, these substances is going to become an addict or an alcoholic. And two: If they do find themselves with a problem, there are plenty of…

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what should I do if I develop a drinking or drug problem in college?

What should I do if I develop a drinking or drug problem in college?

By Steve Wildsmith | Aug 5, 2019

What should you do if you develop a drinking or drug problem in college? For starters, it’s a wise course of action to determine if there is one. If you find yourself waking up hungover more often than you do sober … if your anxiety flares up if you can’t wake and bake before class…

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can drug and alcohol use in college lead to addiction?

Can drug and alcohol use in college lead to addiction?

By Steve Wildsmith | Aug 5, 2019

Can drug and alcohol use in college lead to addiction? It’s a question that deserves some consideration. Summer is on the downswing, the semester starts soon and you’re preparing to embark on the next chapter of your life: college. Mom and dad are excited but nervous, and one of the last things they’ll tell you…

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How to talk to your college student about drugs and alcohol

By Steve Wildsmith | Aug 2, 2019

We’re in the second half of summer, and across the country, college campuses are preparing to open their doors for an influx of new students. And as they ready themselves to send their teens off to get a higher education, many parents may be wondering how to talk to their college students about drugs and…

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