(American Addiction Centers, July 30) As students prepare to head back to college in August, American Addiction Centers is releasing some sobering statistics about drug and alcohol use among students. The college-aged demographic has some of the highest levels of substance use, which can negatively affect the college experience and lead to addiction. As many as 1 in 3 students say that they have abused alcohol at one point and 1 in 5 have used an illicit drug.
Substance use in college is a trend with no end in sight. According to a survey, 62% of college students drank within the past month. Research also shows that college students have high rates of amphetamine use with nearly 10% of college students admitting to misusing Adderall.
Missy Pollack, alumni coordinator at Recovery First Treatment Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, has nearly five years in recovery after her own battle with addiction. Having been exposed to alcohol and other substances at events such as college sports games, Pollack can attest to the availability of substances on campus. Read more.