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Substance Abuse Problem in College Students

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It can be difficult to speak with your children about a number of things, let alone about some of the more serious issues like a potential addiction. However, if your young student returns from school and is exhibiting some of the following, it’s possible that they’ve developed a substance abuse problem.

Does Your Child Have a Substance Abuse Problem?

“Living independently brings changes—adult children mature during this phase as they make their own decisions and often manage their own schedules and money—so, there is some fluctuation to be expected in how parents relate and interact with them.” This is very important to consider because it means that these young people have, in some ways, gotten used to managing their lives on their own, making choices that may not have been available before college. It’s possible that their “schedules and money” have gone in part to obtaining and using drugs or alcohol, which can be concerning for parents to see during these breaks.

If you suspect that your child has a substance abuse problem, they may respond to your concerns by lashing out, by denying it, or by simply ignoring you. This can be a very different time for parents, particularly if this is the first of their children to go to college. It’s true that these are important years for young people to develop a sense of self and to find their way in the adult world, but it also opens up doors to often-dangerous temptations that follow them home from school during breaks.

Even though they’re older, these students can face the same kinds of peer pressure and other influences that are present in lower grades. It’s perhaps even more perilous because they are living on their own in a community that may encourage such behaviors. Parents may become distraught at these changes, particularly if they’ve affected the student’s personality or home life in some way. So, what are some signs that your child is having a problem with drugs or alcohol, and what can you do about it?

“Substance abuse in young adults can often result in changes in social interactions, mood changes, problems with school or work, and increase in risky behavior and mood swings.” You may also notice changes in their appearance, a lack of interest in old hobbies, distancing themselves from friends, and a shift in their diet.  If you see any of the following during their time back at home, then it’s worth a conversation with him or her to try and get them to open up and be honest.

Don’t forget that exercising some patience and understanding, even if you’re feeling angry, hurt, or tense, goes a long way. Your child may actually want to talk to you about the situation and to get your advice, but may not reach out for fear of judgment or punishment. Make it clear that you want to help them however you can and they will more than likely respond in a productive way.

College is a stressful time for parents and children alike. To make sure that you can do all you can to help your child through a potential substance abuse problem, contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction.  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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