As a student, you likely feel like you are under enormous pressure. Academic demands seem to have become more strenuous, and today’s high schools and colleges expect students to engage in a variety of extracurricular activities, to volunteer, to take on leadership roles, and to present a list of unique accomplishments.
It can all become too much. So many students turn to stimulants like Adderall to get everything done or to other drugs and alcohol to deal with their stress, depression, or anxiety. If you are abusing drugs or alcohol, you likely know that it is damaging in the long-term and that you need to stop to lead a healthy lifestyle, but you may be worried about suffering academically if you do.
Here are some things you can do to succeed in school and beyond after you complete addiction treatment:
Becoming sober does not mean that you are “cured” or that you will never use again. To continue on the road to recovery, you should continue attending addiction therapy or counseling. An easy way to do that is to find local 12-step meetings or support groups near you and to attend them regularly.
Any time that you are feeling tempted to use or you are feeling overwhelmed, you should know about a meeting you can attend to check in and get support.
Today’s academic landscape is ultra-competitive. But if you take on more than you can handle in an attempt to rise to the top, not only will you damage your physical and mental health, but you will also set yourself up for failure. It is better to be the best at what you can do than to try to do more and to fail.
Be realistic about what you can handle and set your schedule accordingly. If you have too many classes, drop one (or more). If a class proves too challenging, hire a tutor or go to a study group to get help. If you still find yourself struggling, drop the class and come back to it later.
Besides your academic load, you need to identify other sources of stress in your life and change what you can. Continuing to labor under chronic stress will make you more likely to abuse again.
Do you have a friend that seems to bring you down whenever you are together? Stop spending time with that friend, or minimize the time you spend and do it on neutral ground. Stressed by a professor? Switch to a class taught by someone else. Boyfriend too demanding? Time to breakup. Whatever changes you can make in a positive direction, your mental health and your resiliency will be better for it.
You’ve heard the advice before, but it never gets old because it’s never wrong: Eat a healthy diet, get plenty of (restful) sleep each night, and make time to relax. You may not feel like you have time for these things in your demanding schedule, but if you don’t make time for them, you will suffer (and that includes your academics).
Making these lifestyle changes will improve your mental health, making it less likely that you will relapse. They will also make it easier for you to handle your stress and to succeed in your classes, which will reduce your desire for drugs or alcohol, as well.
Recovery is not a one-and-done process. You can’t expect that you’ll get sober and stay that way forever. Your path can be curving, and you can experience many starts and stops along the way. If you have slip up, don’t beat yourself over it. Go back to an addiction clinic or get the treatment and support you need. Every day is a new day, and even if you have a relapse, you can start over again.
Getting the support you need and developing a plan for your recovery will ensure that you stay successful with both your academic career and your long-term sobriety. Don’t let worries about your academic future prevent you from getting the addiction treatment that you need.
Corebella Health and Wellness can help you get the addiction therapy you need to start leading a healthy life. We offer addiction counseling to help you continue on the road to recovery after you have achieved sobriety. We can help you overcome your addiction and to continue in your healthy lifestyle so that you will be successful in your studies and beyond. Contact us in Arizona today to learn more.
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