If you’re dealing with trying to recover from an addiction while you are in college, you likely already know how demanding and difficult of a situation it can be. Although walking away from an addiction is never easy, it’s even more of a challenge when you are trying to go to college and maintain good grades. Addiction affects everyone, even those who are aspiring to get into medical school or those who need to have a high GPA in order to get in to certain school programs. Many students turn to substance abuse because they are so stressed out about their grades and their responsibilities, they feel that abusing substances is a way for them to ‘relax’ and get away from their emotions about the subject. In reality, it interferes with their ability to succeed.
Getting into a 12 step program can be essential towards gaining success with walking away from an addiction and focusing yourself more towards finishing college. However, a 12 step program can also be challenging because you have to attend the meetings regularly in order for the program to truly be able to work. You don’t want to miss out on a meeting and miss something crucial that may be able to help you in your path towards recovery. At the same time, you have obligations to attend your classes, take your exams, and study. Fitting in your 12 step program meetings with your college schedule can be a demanding and daunting task.
The best option would be to communicate to your teachers and counselors openly about what’s going to happen. If you know that you have meetings scheduled on certain days and you know that you also have school during these meetings, then you need to get in contact with your instructors and counselors and let them know that you need some help. In most cases, they will be very understanding. You may be able to come into class later or even get the majority of your notes and information from another student or an instructor.
A lot of students who are dealing with an addiction don’t feel comfortable with going to a counselor or instructor and letting them know about their 12 step meetings. However, your counselor and instructors can’t help you if they don’t know what’s going on. They are there to help encourage your success. They want to know that you are going to be able to handle the demands that college is going to offer you. They are there to assist you. Therefore, if you need to attend a meeting for the sake of your health or to prevent yourself from pursuing further addiction, they need to be supportive. They may be able to provide you with alternative study options that will ensure that you won’t get a bad grade on your exams or in your classes while you’re out at your 12 step meetings.