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What Substances Are Most Abused During College?

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College is a time of personal growth and self-expansion. For many, college is a time to find their career path and create the solid foundation for a successful career. For others, college is a time to drink, do drugs and party. Some students use college as a time to experiment with partying while others begin a long journey of abuse.

Since the 70’s, substance abuse and binge drinking have remained consistent issues for college students. While alcohol has maintained a steady presence, the drugs most abused vary over time. We see common cycles of drug use increase, prevention increase, and drug use decrease as a different drug begins to follow the same cycle.

According to a national survey funded by the National Institute for Drug Addiction in 2016, the 3 most abused drugs by college students are marijuana, alcohol, and methamphetamines. A sharp increase in the number of students smoking marijuana on a daily basis has occurred. Some students use marijuana to relieve stress. Despite the risks of lung problems, depression, or mental health issues, college students are using marijuana more than ever.

Binge drinking amongst college students is significantly higher than their non-college peers. Over 30% of college students surveyed reported binge drinking within the last 2 weeks. Drinking poses many risks. Drinking can lead to risky behaviors, such as engaging in unprotected sex or driving while intoxicated.

Adderall, a prescription medication, was reported to be used by more than 10% of college students last year. It is a stimulant used to treat ADHD. It has become a study drug for late night paper writing, as well as use at parties or other social events. Adderall is highly addictive, habit-forming drug that can cause withdrawal symptoms.

In addition to the top 3 abused substances, there are an array of other commonly abused drugs on college campuses. They include over the counter drugs like cough syrup or cold medicine. Other commonly abused drugs include cocaine, heroin, and ecstasy. Other drugs commonly found on college campuses are hallucinogens and prescription pain medications.

College can be the greatest time of a student’s life. It can be a time to make lifelong friends, develop a solid educational foundation for a successful career, and learn how to be independent. That freedom brings risk for some. If you or someone you love are concerned about substance abuse, help is available. Call today.

One step at a time, one day at a time, you can recover. At Design For Change, we offer refuge to those seeking to win against addiction because there is freedom in recovery. There is hope. Call us today to learn more about our long-term treatment programs and recovery services creating change, one step at a time. (877) 267-3646

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