Young adults, including many college students, are experiencing higher addiction rates than ever. Although otherwise-successful students may be reluctant to give up college for a semester to get sober, it may be the wisest choice they can make to help protect their college career, before addiction causes their grades to plummet. There are several benefits to taking a semester off from college to enter rehab for addiction.
Maintain academic credibility
When an addiction develops, it is best not to wait until the person starts to fail in important areas of life, typically including school, jobs, and relationships. Entering rehab when signs of addiction begin to manifest can help the substance abuser get prompt intervention and assistance to overcome the addiction and resume normal activities. A student with an acceptable grade point average and clean legal record can maintain a professional image by going to rehab before problems develop.
Prevent ensuing problems
Addiction often leads to personal struggles in key areas. Studies are among the first areas of life to be affected. Students who struggle with addiction may stop attending classes or be unable to perform effectively in class. Assignments might be late or not be turned in at all. Other students and instructors begin to notice abnormal behavior, some of which may result in the student being officially reprimanded for using alcohol or drugs on campus. At the first sign of an addiction issue, students are wise to seek evaluation and enter rehab, if warranted.
Prepare for a successful future
Addressing addiction and successfully completing rehab helps a student to build effective decision-making and self-governance skills that will be needed in college and for a career. Beating an addiction can instill confidence and courage to help students face other life issues that may appear later. Working through recovery with the help of a rehab program allows a student to see that support organizations are available to guide them through trials and troubles. Many people who overcome an addiction want to give back to society by helping others who are also struggling with addiction. Gratitude and reciprocity are valuable attributes for every stage of life.
Although a student may be reluctant to stop attending college to enter rehab, recovery is a necessary component for ultimate college success. Skipping a college term to address this health concern can pave the way for subsequent academic success and set a positive example for others.
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