College students have the highest rates of substance abuse of any group – almost 50% of college students binge drink. Alcohol and drug abuse not only put students’ lives and health in danger, they also put the ability to study and perform well in college at risk.
As a sober student, it’s important to take advantage of the resources that are available to you. There will likely be groups and meetings on campus for other students in recovery to offer support to each other. Many of these groups also organize social events so that members can have a good time while connecting with others in the sober community.
Other things to keep in mind when you’re a sober college student is knowing how to handle situations where you’ll be around people abusing drugs or alcohol. If you attend a party or other social function where others will be drinking, keeping a few tips in mind can help you get through it. These include:
Leaving the party early if you need to – oftentimes people get drunker as the night wears on.
-Avoiding people who pressure you to drink.
-Being aware of what you drink. Sometimes a beverage will get spiked with alcohol. Never leave your drink unattended and throw out a drink if you suspect it’s been spiked.
-Don’t be shy about saying no to offers of drugs or alcohol. If people still don’t get it, it’s their problem and you need to avoid them.
-Bring along a sober friend for support if you need to.
-Make sure there will be non alcoholic drinks at the event or bring along your own. No one likes to walk around at a party empty handed.
-If you have thoughts of relapsing, leave the party or event and seek support from your sober network. It’s possible you weren’t quite ready to be around others who were drinking or using drugs.
Many college students think that partying is the only way to spend their free time, relax, or blow off steam. The truth is there are many alternatives that are fun and relaxing, and that don’t have to involve drugs or alcohol. Some alternative activities include:
-participating in recreational or organized sports
-joining a meditation or yoga group
-joining a club for a hobby you enjoy
-joining a spiritual or religious group
-playing an instrument or joining a band
-working for a college newspaper
-participating in local cultural activities
-volunteering for a cause you care about
-socializing with friends who support your recovery
All of these activities are a great way to take your mind off of school work and enrich your college experience. They can also help you get out and meet new people, experience new things, and build new skills that could end up being valuable later on.
Remember that college is about more than just studying and partying. There is a lot going on at every college campus, so you’ll be sure to find an activity or two that are right for you. It’s the perfect time to explore your interests, meet and hang out with different types of people, and become more independent.
It’s important to allow yourself time to enjoy these things because college isn’t just about studying and getting good grades. Having a well rounded and memorable college experience means allowing yourself room to explore and grow. This is good advice for any new college student looking to make the most out of their time on campus.