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April 28, 2011

Addiction to Drugs or Alcohol Often Starts in College

 

It’s no secret that college students like to party. A study shows that throughout the country roughly 5.4 million college students’ abuse drugs and alcohol on a monthly basis. The National Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse states that college students use drugs and alcohol as a means to relax and unwind.

While most college students just use drugs and alcohol occasionally, there are is a growing percentage of students that wind up struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. Addiction for college students often happens gradually beginning with drinking on the weekends and then leading into drinking during the week and eventually ending in full blown alcohol abuse. Likewise it is not uncommon for college students who are addicted to drugs to first start using marijuana before abusing more dangerous drugs like cocaine, ecstasy and heroin.

The first step to overcoming addiction is acknowledging that a problem exists. Often, individuals who struggle with addiction don’t realize or are unwilling to admit they have a problem either because they are able to continue their day to day activities or they have not suffered any major consequences.

There are many reasons why college students begin doing drugs but most addiction begins with alcohol and marijuana and then moves on from there. For most addicts drugs and alcohol act as a medication for feelings of past and current struggles that have occurred in their life. Whatever reason that addiction begins if it is not treated it can easily lead to jails, institutions and even death. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction help can be found through alcohol and drug rehab.

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