Partying hard and abusing addictive substances often accompanies the life of a college student. A lot of students start to lead a more conscious way of life after some years of such lifestyle or after graduating from the university. Unfortunately, for some students, it becomes a huge burden that turns into addiction.
Addiction is defined as repeated abuse of a certain substance, which is characterized by continuity and obtrusiveness. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism:
With alarming stats like these, it becomes evident that addiction is an important issue and needs an urgent solution.
Students who became dependent on alcohol and drugs usually have the following symptoms:
If you experience some of the symptoms listed above, you may be addicted. If you notice that you are using alcohol or drugs in order to numb your negative emotions, you should contact the health center on your campus and consult a qualified specialist. Addictions need to be taken very seriously.
It may be difficult to differentiate when one’s use of alcohol has turned from occasional to habitual. Besides, those who can’t admit that they have an addiction will use all possible arguments to ensure you that they’re totally in control of their alcohol consumption.
To understand if your friend has developed the destructive addiction, ask yourself the following list of questions:
It often happens that addicts don’t want to confess that they have an addiction; therefore it is very important to observe their behavior and notice the alarming symptoms. If they receive a proper treatment in the earlier stages, they have a good chance of getting their conscious life back. If you want to warn your friend about the problem he or she has with addiction, find the time when they are sober and tell them that you have noticed some worrying changes about their behavior. Don’t be judgmental, let your friend understand that you are concerned about their health, and explain the reason behind your concerns. Offer your help in solving the issues of addiction – you can consult an online resource or go to your student health center with your friend.
Consult these resources to find out more about addiction and get help:
Addiction can turn into a serious problem if it’s not treated timely and correctly. Please, be very attentive to the addictive substances that you are using and never turn their use from recreational to habitual. Better stop using alcohol or drugs to relax. Consider such relaxation techniques as meditation and yoga that have a much more constructive influence on your body and mind.