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Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Services for College/University Students in Alberta

The post-secondary education system in Alberta is regulated by the Ministry of Advanced Education. Throughout the province are eight public universities and eleven public colleges, seven private colleges, and two polytechnic institutes. Within cities such as Edmonton and Calgary are numerous colleges and universities. Students who attend these colleges face the same challenges as other students across the country. The first week back to school, or frosh week, is often always an alcohol-fueled event, despite many colleges or universities not necessarily promoting and not providing alcohol. binge Definition of the word binge drinking is a common problem at any post-secondary school. Binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks in a short time. The rapid consumption of alcohol leads to immediate intoxication, and your blood alcohol content increases drastically. Rapid intoxication leads to personal injury, and poor judgment, such as driving while impaired. Each year, students are hurt because of alcohol-related incidents. Along with this, each year students fail to graduate or drop out because of alcohol abuse and addiction. If a student has a history of alcohol abuse going into university or college, there is a better chance they will become addicted to it while in school. There are a number of reasons why students chose to abuse alcohol. In most situations, it is because of peer pressure or always being offered alcohol while at social events or parties.

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However, it is not uncommon on many college campuses for students to organize sober groups or sober events. This helps students who abstain from alcohol use stay connected with other sober people. Going to college or university is about having a good time, socializing, meeting new people, and planning your future. Alcohol and drug use will get in the way, and make it harder or even impossible to do this. The abuse of alcohol also leads to recreational drug use, such as with illegal street drugs, but more commonly it is prescribed drugs. Prescription stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin are widely used as study drugs. Some students are under the impression it helps them study and focus while preparing for exams or projects. However, any type of drug or alcohol immediately affects short-term memory and recall and does make it difficult to recall the information when it comes to testing time. Marijuana has always been widely used by students all throughout the country. The recent legalization of marijuana in Canada has made it more accessible for Alberta post-secondary students. Marijuana is a common drug used to cope with stress and is widely used as a study aid.

The recreational use of any drug does have a negative impact on academic performance, whether large or small. If you are struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction problem while in school, it is important to reach out to local resources for help. Most colleges have counseling programs and student services to help students who are struggling with addiction or excessive drug and alcohol use. If you choose not to reach out for help, you are more likely to face serious consequences. Every year, there are students who are charged with drug and alcohol-related offenses because of their drug use. Along with this, personal injury is a common occurrence because of excessive alcohol use. It is important to stay informed and know your limits and stay connected with like-minded people while in school.

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Sylvain Fournier

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Across Canada, there are many different treatment options to choose from, private, government-funded, inpatient, and outpatient. See More