Have you ever struggled to find the right balance between doing what you know is best for yourself and doing what you feel everyone else wants you to do? Let’s say you just planned out your study schedule for the day, and you decide that after dinner, you’re headed to the library. Then your friends invite you to hang out that night. What do you do?
It can often be really difficult to stick with our best intentions when it seems that everybody is out doing something else.
Now, imagine that you’re a college student recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction. You are determined to do well in your classes and you want to get involved on campus and meet new people. Unfortunately, you realize that binge drinking is a prevalent part of many college campuses, and you struggle to find your place as a college student, while also successfully staying in recovery.
We live in a culture that can make it difficult for people who are recovering from addiction to find the support they need to achieve academic, personal, and social success. Fortunately, Georgia Southern is one of the few universities that recognizes this challenge and offers support and resources to recovering students.
The Center for Addiction Recovery provides services to the local recovery population and educates students, researchers, clinicians, and the rural community about the diseases of alcoholism and drug addiction, and the process of recovery. Through its collegiate recovery communities (CRCs), the Center for Addiction Recovery provides avenues for positive social support through programs like leadership retreats, sober study abroads, and service work opportunities with other students who are also in recovery. Students can learn more about the CRC admission process on the Center for Addiction Recovery website.
It is important to remember that addiction is not a voluntary behavior, but a chronic disease that affects the brain. Brain-imaging studies from people who are addicted to drugs show physical changes in areas of the brain that are used for making decisions, judgments, and controlling behavior. Fortunately, addiction can be successfully treated, especially when individuals have the support and resources they need. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence is a great resource for learning more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of addiction.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, the Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration has a 24-hour confidential phone number you can call for help. Remember, you are never alone and there are supportive people and resources that can help you with this disease.