The Washington Post

Colleges increase support for students fighting addictions

Not only are more college students forming addictions while undergraduates, more freshmen are showing up already in treatment for alcoholism or drug addiction, according to an article in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal. Between 1999 and 2009, the number of students aged 18 to 24 who sought treatment for addiction more than doubled, while the number of people over 25 seeking help went up 9 percent.

A growing number of schools are setting up courses, health centers, living communities and even scholarships to help these students. Texas Tech University in Lubbock has a sober-student hang-out and scholarships for students who earn high grades while staying sober. The University of Michigan is launching a recovery program that includes counseling, recovery courses and substance-free activities.

You can read the full article, here. Is your university also doing this? If so, tell me about it in the comments section.

Jenna Johnson is a political reporter who is covering the 2016 presidential campaign.


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