07 Jan 2017

Sober Living in College: It’s Possible!

How A Transitional Living Community Can Help Recovery

College is notorious for its party scene, so living a sober life during these years can be challenging. However, it’s not impossible! Many colleges offer transitional living community resources for those in recovery, and the college experience can be just as rewarding (if not more!) without abusing alcohol or drugs.

Here are six tips for sober living thru a transitional living community in college:

  • Research living options. Your campus or the city where you college is located most likely has sober living housing. If you live on campus, some campuses are “dry” which means alcohol is prohibited. Talk to residential services to find a residence that is most conducive to your needs. Likewise, try to find roommates who support your lifestyle.
  • Find a support group. Whether on campus or off, there’s likely a meeting group nearby. This should be one of the first things you do when starting college. This time is a major transition for most, so it’s important to have a list of transitional living community resources lined up before you need them.
  • Focus on your education. For many, college is a rite of passage, but don’t lose sight of your education. That’s what you’re paying for, after all. Attend all classes; get to know your professors and study. Schoolwork is an effective way to stay busy and seeing the results of your hard work provides encouragement to keep you motivated.
  • Develop a routine. A routine provides structure and order to your life. Between classes and work, make time for the gym and social life. College doesn’t have to be chaotic; with a little time, it’s possible to achieve balance lifestyle during the college years.
  • Get involved. College offers many opportunities for social and extracurricular involvement. Intramural sports, campus government and community service clubs are all options for ways to make friends and have fun outside of a party setting. Visit your student services office to find clubs and activities that interest you.
  • Never give up! No one said college or recovery would be easy, but both can be done. Remember to keep your eye on the prize; getting your diploma while maintaining sobriety is something to be proud of.

Don't let addiction prevent you from enjoying your college life. That is what transitional living community services are for: to help you live your life to the fullest.