Inside Higher Ed: Colleges Offer Students Recovering From Drug and Alcohol Problems Support and a Place to Gather
Inside Higher Ed cited a report from the University of Maryland School of Public Health to show there is a growing consensus that universities need mental health and addiction programs to help their students.
The report, “Collegiate Recovery Programs: A Win-Win Proposition for Students and Colleges,” was published in 2016 by the Center on Young Adult Health and Development in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health.
"Colleges are very heterogeneous with respect to availability of substances on campus as well as the strictness of policies related to alcohol consumption and other drug use," Inside Higher Ed quoted from the SPH report. "Nevertheless, the college social environment can pose significant challenges for students in recovery, especially in settings where drinking and drug use define the social environment. Those challenges are compounded by adjusting to new academic demands, freedom from parental supervision, and financial pressures, which can also be relapse triggers."
Students who are involved in campus recovery programs have better academic outcomes, according to the University of Maryland School of Public Health research center, Inside Higher Ed said.
As more universities across the country embrace on-campus recovery programs, both the US Department of Education and the Office of National Drug Control Policy have both endorsed of recovery support services in academic settings and said they should be a priority.