I was 18 years old and headed to Penn State. I had been accepted early decision to the Smeal College of Business and the Sapphire Leadership Academic Program. The world was in front of me but I couldn’t see it. My vision was masked by a cloud of marijuana smoke. My primary focus was on getting drunk, high, and living a party lifestyle. Instead of channeling all of my efforts into academics or other positive things in life, I channeled them into getting as high as possible as much as possible.
Higher Education & Recovery: Improving Your Collegiate Performance
There are many obvious benefits to seeking recovery for substance use disorders in a professional setting. You work with medical professionals who are experts in the ability to understand substance misuse and how to treat it. These professionals will help create a recovery plan that will put you on a path to sobriety, monitoring your progress along the way. You will also be given the tools and support system you need to maintain your sobriety once you leave the program and assimilate back into your normal life.
One of these tools for success is a benefit that many don’t necessarily associate with recovery programs—an improvement in your academic performance. The skills developed in recovery are not isolated to maintaining sobriety—you can learn how to apply them to your studies, so you have the education you need to build a bright future, free from substance misuse.
Preparing For Your Best Life
Avoiding the pitfalls of substance misuse after leaving recovery can be difficult. Having goals to focus on, both short and long term, can help individuals avoid relapse. Determine the best life you can envision for yourself, and set realistic steps to achieving this future. For many, the key to a successful future is success in higher education.
Don’t be discouraged if issues with substance misuse affected your grades in the past. It is never too late to start over, and entering a professional treatment program is a positive step in the right direction. Re-entering the academic world with a clearer head, a newfound skillset for success, and goals to motivate you can make all the difference in the world when it comes to improving your grades and getting your degree.
Tools for Success
Though the primary goal of any recovery program is overcoming substance use disorders, throughout this process there are many skills and traits an individual will acquire that will also help them improve their grades and succeed in the world of higher education.
Part of any recovery program requires you to really attempt to understand what led you to misuse substances in the first place. When people step away from their life and take the time to truly
examine who they are and why they do things, a certain growth and maturity is acquired. You will be able to better understand what you want out of your life, and how to avoid the pitfalls of your past. This newfound maturity will help you succeed in school as well. Whereas in the past, it may have been easy to be distracted from your studies or not take school seriously, the process of recovery puts the importance of education and behaving responsibly into proper perspective.
The level of discipline required to successfully complete a recovery program is also something that will aid you in your pursuit of higher education. It is not easy to admit to having a substance use disorder, nor is it easy to step away from your life to focus on improving it. Having the discipline to give up alcohol and drugs to start living a sober life is something that will be applicable to your educational pursuits and improving grades. Comparably speaking, forcing yourself to buckle down and study will seem like an easy task compared to the discipline required to overcome a substance use disorder.
A Collegiate Based Support System
Seeking recovery from substance misuse shouldn’t mean you have to put your educational pursuits on hold. At Life of Purpose, we refer our clients to Collegiate Recovery Programs, which are campus-based, recovery-friendly spaces that serve as an ancillary service in conjunction with and following the treatment recovery program, while encouraging educational opportunities and creating a support system that will foster success in both recovery and academia.
When a Life of Purpose clients are referred to collegiate recovery programs, they will have a support system for both their recovery and educational pursuits for the entirety of their academic career. Often incorporated into the student’s tuition, the collegiate recovery program offers an extended recovery option that is both fiscally beneficial to the student, as well as academically beneficial. In addition to getting a long term support system to help maintain sobriety, students in this type of program will also receive encouragement to achieve academic success.
Contact Us Today
To learn more about Life of Purpose, the first primary treatment facility on a college campus in the United States, please contact us at 1-888-787-7673, or visit our website: www.lifeofpurposetreatment.com