#MeToo: How the Pain and Shame of Sexual Abuse Can Lead to Substance Use
Countless young women who have experienced sexual abuse cope by using drugs and alcohol. It’s important to address trauma and substance use simultaneously.
There are a growing number of services aimed at helping college students who are in recovery or struggling with a drug or alcohol problem. It’s no surprise since the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that Americans aged 18-24 are the fastest growing demographic group seeking treatment for substance abuse. SAMSHA data also indicates that the rate of heavy alcohol use is highest among Americans aged 20-22 and of that group, college student consumption is heaviest.
In an effort to accommodate the college student subset seeking treatment, we’re beginning to see more campuses support alcohol-free lifestyles. As of today, 20 colleges have collaborated to form the Association for Recovery in Higher Education and welcome sober students. Some of the participating schools include:
Students at Texas Tech, for example, are proof that sober programs work. Tech’s Center students have a 10-year graduation rate of 80% and a cumulative GPA of 3.34.
Campus sobriety is a privilege granted to those students willing to do the hard work of earning their degrees AND taking care of the precious commodity of living sober.
Does your son or daughter attend a school that supports an alcohol-free lifestyle? Please add to our list of schools and share which sober living aspects you like most.