College is an exciting time of transitions, new experiences, responsibilities, and a lot more unstructured free time. For students in recovery from a substance use disorder, the overall collegiate environment can be frightening and isolating. Even though not everyone is drinking alcohol or using other drugs, the pervasiveness of substance use follows students in recovery into the classroom, and to campus-wide events, sporting events, and residence halls and off-campus housing. The availability and easy access to alcohol and other drugs can be overwhelming and pose quite a challenge to students in recovery.
College students who are coming to terms with having a substance use disorder or who are active in recovery, often feel like they are the only ones dealing with this issue and that no one can possibly understand their experience. Seeking out living arrangements and roommates that support recovery and finding social events that do not include alcohol or other drugs can take considerable effort.