This episode focuses on the complex challenges faced by America’s high school and college students. It examines the connection between increased academic and emotional stress and substance misuse, such as underage drinking on college campuses and prescription drug misuse.
Studies show that youth who use alcohol and drugs are more likely to have preventable problems such as:
- Higher absence and poor or failing grades in school
- Social problems, such as fighting and lack of participation in youth activities
- Physical and sexual assault
However, schools can be a secure place for students to start their recovery and to sustain it. Panelists in the episode explain that for some students, their recovery path goal is graduation while others see recovery as a lifestyle choice that supports their future career.
This episode examines successful student wellness programs and support systems, such as on-campus sober housing and weekly group meetings. These need to be in place to help students increase awareness, promote prevention, and sustain recovery, which can contribute to success in academic life and beyond.