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Misusing Stimulants Leads to Other Addictions

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College students have a slew of issues to content with, from getting good grades to managing time to sleep and socialize to finding a job or internship after graduation. These are all minus the incredible dangers and lure of substances, which aren’t just limited to marijuana and alcohol. These young people are heavily misusing stimulants in order “to get an added boost of energy in order to help them study longer [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][or] purely for recreational purposes.” Whatever the case, this abuse can lead to major consequences.

How to Stop College Students’ Misusing Stimulants

Some people, college-aged or otherwise, need prescriptions in order to hold their focus in class or at work. Unfortunately, on many campuses, young people are taking these drugs without the approval of any doctor. They receive them from others, some who do have prescriptions, and take them for better focus or even just for the effects themselves. This abuse can lead to an addiction or some level of dependence.

“Several previous studies demonstrated that 25% or more of college students use prescription stimulants for nonmedical purposes.” Misusing stimulants can easily lead from this “casual” use to something much more dire and serious, something which deserves attention and care. As with most drugs and alcohol, if it reaches a point where not having access to the substance gets in the way of their day to day life, then there is absolutely an issue, one which, unfortunately, can also lead to other addictions.

An addiction to “study drugs” is bad enough on top of the stress faced by an average college student, but this addiction can lead to alcohol abuse and psychological issues of all kinds. Unfortunately and ironically, since a lot of these students take stimulants unnecessarily to combat things like difficulty concentrating, their efforts may be undermined by the side effects and end results of the drugs that they think will “help.”

As always, some of the answers to this modern issue would come with increased education about the contents of these substances and the effects of misusing stimulants. If these young people knew that they might be undermining their own efforts to boost their attention spans, they may not try the drugs in the first place. Those who have legal prescriptions need to develop more of a responsibility for their ownership, which may also call for doctors having a related discussion with him or her as they prescribe the drug. Everyone involved, therefore, carries part of the responsibility for these problems, and bringing the nation’s attention to the dangers of this misuse is a big first step in helping these struggling young people toward recovery and independence from study drugs.

A researcher behind a related study suggested that there be screenings for those who may be abusing these drugs. “Such screening may identify students with undiagnosed ADHD as well as those who may be on their way to developing serious alcohol and other substance use disorders.” After that, college counselors may both be able to pull out those who are at risk before they develop more full-blown issues, and it may also lead to more focused programs that can aid those who are at risk or who have already begun to imbibe and struggle with the consequences. Most students want to do well, but not every option to that end is a viable one.

To learn more about college students who are misusing stimulants, get in touch with The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including medication management strategies.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

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