Drugs and Alcohol

From casual use of marijuana to the heroin and opioid epidemic and prescription drug abuse, parents have a lot to worry about. Substance abuse can alter your child’s personality and brain chemistry and can derail their future. You might be wondering: How do I know if my child is using drugs? How do I talk to my teen about heroin? How can I help my child overcome prescription drug abuse?

These videos offer parental support and information on topics such as how to recognize the signs of substance abuse, how to handle heroin or opioid use, how to keep your child from abusing prescription drugs, what to say to your child who thinks marijuana is “no big deal”, and other ways in which you can help your child grow up with a healthy attitude toward drugs and alcohol.

What Are College Recovery Programs?

Laurie Handelman
Naperville, IL

Collegiate Recovery Programs

  • Approximately 20 Collleges in the Nation have On Campus Recovery Programs
  • Listing of schools can be found at www.recoveryschools.org and is published by the Association of Recovery Schools

What you should look for in a collegiate recovery program:

  • On Campus Recovery Programs should be well established with a dedicated dormitory on campus for students in recovery
  • On Campus Recovery Programs should offer support services such as addiction counseling, 12 step Meetings and Sober Events
  • A Sober Community on campus with Sober Fun is key!
  • Access to Young People’s AA meetings in the town where the college is located is a huge plus

Sober Dormitory vs On Campus Recovery Program:

What is a sober dorm?

  • Sober Dorms are not on campus recovery programs
  • Sober dorms require an oath by the student to not use drugs or alcohol in the dorm
  • Students living in a sober dorm are not necessarily in recovery
  • Sober dorms do not offer support services for students in recovery

Benefits of a Collegiate Recovery Program:

  • On Campus Recovery Programs DO offer the critical support services and community for the student in recovery
  • Living with other students in a collegiate recovery setting will offer the sober community your student needs to navigate the college path successfully

Augsburg College and the Step-up Program:

  • Augsburg College is a private, four year, liberal arts college in the heart of Minneapolis
  • Augsburg has had an On Campus Recovery Program for 16 years
  • The recovery program at Augsburg is called the Step-up Program
  • The Step up Program offers students in recovery a dedicated recovery dormitory that is state of the art
  • The Step up Program is a community of accountability and support for the student in recovery
  • Visit their website at www.augsburg.edu for information on Augsburg College
  • Visit the website www.augsburg.edu/stepup/ for information on the Step-up Program at Augsburg
  • Excellent article online by Recovery Campus highlighting Augsburg’s Step-up Program can be found at http://RecoveryCampus.com/a-shared-mission/