Why might college students be at an increased risk of addiction? Substance abuse is complex, but a range of factors could play a role in the development of substance use disorders among this population. First, many college students are in the age group most likely to experience an array of different mental health concerns. 46% of young adults ages 18-25 had either a substance use disorder or any mental health condition in the past year in 2021, and 13.5% of people in that age group met the criteria for both a substance use disorder and one or more other mental health conditions. This is part of why the Prevail Recovery Center makes it a priority to address not just substance abuse but other co-occurring mental health concerns faced by clients.
Heightened stress levels caused by academics, peer pressure, and increased access to alcohol and other drugs, which frequently occurs in college environments, are potential risk factors, too. Unfortunately, drug and alcohol use is associated with negative consequences for college students. Alongside all of the other short and long-term health risks of substance abuse, these include but aren’t limited to a higher probability of unemployment post-graduation and lower academic performance. Treatment can help you stop using substances. In many cases, outpatient rehab options make getting help more accessible for students and other individuals.