Oh college. It is a time where many people are finally out on their own for the first time in their lives, away from the watchful eye of their parents or guardians and into a new world of freedom and experimentation. For many this means partying, doing drugs, and sex; the sort of hedonism that our watchful parents always warned us about. Yes, the education is there, but really this is where can finally let loose can have some fun…
Well, there are people this may apply to, but this narrative is kind of old fashioned these days. More and more college students are not coming straight out of high school anymore, but rather have families, jobs, and some life experience under their belt already and really have no interest in the “college experience.” One of the largest groups in this camp is that of recovering addicts or alcoholics.
Recovery can offer us all sorts of gifts. We regain our sense of self, our families, and our desire to want to do better. A large portion of addicts never went to college in the first place or even dropped out of high school. After all, what the heck is the point of it? Well after some time clean we start thinking with a more level head, it turns out there’s quite a bit of a point. In recovery, we learn that we do not have to settle and that it is ok to want more for ourselves, and for a very large portion of addicts that does mean going back to school.
But what do we do? Does this mean that by going back to school that we are walking back into this world of debauchery, with joints freely being handed out like candy on every campus? Not so much. Nowadays most college campuses are much more drug-free as it is anyway, with recent studies showing a decrease of drug use on campus. On top of that, sober clubs are also becoming a regular occurrence. These are groups that organize all sorts of functions—from study groups to other outings such as concerts—that provide a safe and sober environment for anyone who wants to participate. Most schools have drug awareness seminars and even host AA or NA meetings.
Now, of course, this doesn’t mean that there will be no dangers at all, but it does mean that you do not have to let fear keep you from living your life to the fullest. You have the tools at your disposal to get through anything.
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