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How To Stay Sober in College

July 24, 2014

How To Stay Sober in College

Sending your teen to college after they’ve dealt with a substance abuse problem can be scary. With binge drinking and recreational drug use occurring frequently on college campuses, this is a rational fear for many parents. Many colleges and universities are aware of this ongoing problem and have begun adding resources to support students who wish to remain clean and sober. If you’re afraid to send your teen to a “party school,” these tips may help you find the right college for them.

The number of colleges and universities addressing the substance abuse problem among their students continues to rise. There are now schools that offer sober-living options along with dry campus activities. The Princeton Review released this list of the “Top 20 Stone-Cold Sober Colleges”:

  1. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  2. Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill.
  3. College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Mo.
  4. Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, Calif.
  5. U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
  6. Grove City College, Grove City, Pa.
  7. Wesleyan College, Macon, Ga.
  8. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Conn.
  9. U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
  10. Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  11. City University of New York-Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  12. City University of New York-City College, New York City
  13. City University of New York-Queens College, Flushing, N.Y.
  14. Mills College, Oakland, Calif.
  15. Agnes Scott College, Atlanta/Decatur, Ga.
  16. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, Mass.
  17. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.
  18. Simmons College, Boston
  19. Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass.
  20. Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans

Along with this list, there are many schools joining the Association of Recovery in Higher Education. Colleges and universities all over the country have come together to create programs for students who choose to be substance free. The schools on this list incorporate recovery on their campuses by providing activities, resources and sober-living options. You can learn more about the association and colleges who have joined by clicking here.

By attending a school that has already taken action to prevent substance abuse, your teen has a higher chance of remaining clean and sober. Additionally, they will be able to fully enjoy their college experience by being surrounded by other students who have similar goals. College is an ideal time for individuals to learn about themselves and experiencing new activities. Attending a sober school may be the perfect fit for your teen.

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