Detox for College Students
The transitional and experimental periods between high school, college and a career are often a difficult time for young adults. In addition to the new opportunities, experiences, places and people, there are also many stresses and dangers that make young adults vulnerable to the dangers of substance use and abuse and associated mental health issues.
Young adults often do not seek help because of the stigma around addiction and mental illness, the time commitment, the monetary cost and denial that there is a problem at all. Many students even put their social lives, grades, graduation deadline and their dream of their future before their own health. Getting help and getting healthy, however, is the most beneficial thing anyone can do for their future.
The Right Option for You
Addiction treatment and mental and physical health programs tend to work best when they are customized to fit the needs of each individual. Lifestyle preferences, type or combination of substances used, severity and duration of addiction, withdrawal symptoms, and pre-existing or co-occurring physical and/or mental disorders are all important factors to determine the most effective course of action.
Some centers and programs are uniquely designed to meet the needs of specific demographics, circumstances, and addictions, while other programs treat a more diverse or general demographic, circumstance, and addiction. Some centers cater to different age ranges, genders and sexuality utilizing science-based approaches, religious approaches or a combination.
Addiction rehab facilities can be catered to meet the needs of any demographic, circumstance, condition or conditions. If the patient needs to maintain an active presence at school and/or work, there are rehab centers where one can receive quality care while still engaging with their daily school and work responsibilities.
The Right Option For Your Condition
A combination of drugs or co-occurring mental or physical health problems would take more time and resources to detox, treat and recover from than one problem alone. Young adults and college students commonly face many problems associated with being away from home for the first time. A lack of time management skills, spreading yourself too thin as well as social, mental and physical health problems can make choosing a major, trying to balance school, work, and a social life very difficult. These circumstances can cause a variety of mental and physical issues that include:
- Other mood disorders such as bipolar disorder
- Malnutrition/ eating disorders
- Substance use and abuse
Common substances of abuse among young adults in college include:
- Benzodiazepines such as Valium and Xanax
- Cigarettes, e-cigarettes
- Ecstasy and club drugs
- Marijuana and marijuana concentrates
Research has found that long-term sobriety and optimal health are achievable beginning with a professional, medically assisted detox, a combination of treatment medications and behavioral therapies and extends to offer support, education and guidance on addiction, recovery and sobriety.
Regardless of the individual’s physiology, the drug or severity of the addiction, a professional medical detox can effectively manage withdrawal symptoms that can range from minor to potentially life-threatening and are often the cause of relapse and in some cases, death from overdose.
Most colleges and universities have professional, on-campus physical and mental health services and other resources to help young adults maintain and achieve overall health and sobriety. Peer support, outreach, education, advocation and even the opportunity for extracurricular activities are also important and unique tools that can help foster a positive environment and promote good health. Finally, there are in person and online assessment, consultation and referral services available for local, out-of-state, and national information, resources, and services. Here are some basic options available to students:
- Suicide prevention
- Rape, sexual assault, and abuse assistance
- Grief counseling
- Couples counseling
- Nutrition and diet assistance
- Stress reduction and time management resources
- Substance use cessation, detox and treatment programs
Here is a look at substance use cessation, detox and treatment resources:
Inpatient detox and treatment
Inpatient addiction treatment programs offer the most intensive level of treatment care with round-the-clock medical support in a safe and healthy environment that is complete with experienced staff and a variety of amenities to aid rehabilitation.
Inpatient or residential drug and alcohol treatment centers are unique in that the patient has the opportunity to live in an environment with others who are also trying to get better while getting the highly individualized help needed to recover. The inpatient addiction treatment path can be a good for college students who might not have a support group or a healthy environment that allows safe detox and focus toward recovery with round-the-clock care and without the temptations of the outside world.
Outpatient detox and treatment
Outpatient addiction treatment programs are less time and cost intensive, more accessible and flexible than an inpatient addiction treatment program. The outpatient addiction treatment path is ideal for patients seeking continued care after an inpatient treatment program, those with mild addictions and withdrawal symptoms, and for students who are on a budget and cannot take time away from their personal, social, school or work responsibilities.
The unique opportunity to receive high-level professional care for substance abuse and addiction problems while having a flexible schedule and the freedom to access friends, family, and keep up with daily professional and personal responsibilities can be beneficial to certain young adults during the recovery process.
Sober living homes
Patients who chose the outpatient detox and treatment path must travel to and from treatment, this can be particularly challenging for students who might live with or associate with people who can not or will not positively contribute to your path towards recovery. Addiction treatment is a long process, in addition to professional medical attention, patients require a level of thorough and consistent emotional support of loved ones and professionals. It is important to detox and recover in a safe, healthy and controlled environment and then to maintain a strong support system of meaningful relationships in a healthy environment. A sober living home can help reinforce the discipline learned in treatment, prevent isolation or bad influences and help ease the transition back into a normal and unmonitored environment.
Individual and group therapy is available to students on campus and is a vital component of recovery to help identify the root cause of drug use, repair relationships and teach healthier coping skills. Types of therapy include counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy, medication-assisted treatment, biofeedback, holistic therapy, experiential therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, faith-based treatment and family therapy.
A support group is designed to provide a safe place for people to share their experiences of drug abuse, recovery, and struggles. Led by a licensed therapist or counselor, patients have the opportunity to relate to and support like-minded people who are also actively working on achieving or maintaining sobriety. Well-known support groups include 12-step programs, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous emphasize the importance of accountability and offer casual but quality ongoing peer support.
Telemedicine utilizes real-time, secure, HIPAA-compliant data, voice, video and media services to provide patients with clinical information and counseling, medical consultation, diagnosis, intervention and treatment, and a level of psychological and emotional interconnection that might not otherwise be available due to monetary, geographical and even physical or emotional factors.
While cost should not determine whether or not one gets help, it is important to figure out the details for exactly what you need to pay for as well as if and how much your insurance will be able to cover the treatment and care you need. To provide people with lifesaving care, many programs offer payment plans, financing or a sliding scale payment option.