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The goal of this section is to point out warning signs and symptoms of addictive behaviors and to provide some resources. Addictive behaviors may include substance misuse (alcohol, other drugs, or nicotine), a combination of misused substancesor behavioral addictions (including but not limited to)gambling, gaming, internet use, sexual activity, exercise, and food. 

What are some of the signs of an addictve behavior?   

  • An addictive behavior is compulsively engaging in the same behavior (we will refer to as “it”) despite having negative or harmful consequences to your wellbeing (which may include: physical health, friends/family/romantic relationships, sex drive, risky situations, legal issues, financial concerns, academic challenges or changes in appetite or sleep).   
  • Cravings may develop for “it, meaning having strong urges to seek “it” out in order to feel normal or maybe just in order to fall asleep or start the day 
  • Tolerance, meaning you need more of “it to get the same desired effect  
  • Withdrawal can be physical and/or psychological symptoms (possibly life threatening) from discontinuing “it” - notably a misused substance (alcohol, marijuana, opioids, stimulants, benzodiazepines, nicotine, etc.). 

What is harm-reduction? 

Addictions are complex treatable conditions affecting both brain function and behaviorthere is no one way to treat an addiction. Harm-reduction is a non-judgmental approach and practice that focuses on making positive changes to promote health and safety. Sobriety or abstinence is not a requirement or expectation to participate in harm reduction treatment. 

“All positive changes are viewed as successes; reducing, using more safely, moderating, controlling and stopping the behaviors are all seen as acceptable goals on the path towards positive change, healing and growth.”-  

(Dr. Andrew TatarskyHarm-Reducation psychotherapist)  

What is Recovery 

Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential” 

(SAMHSA) 

Some students enter or return to college already in recovery for addictive behaviorsOthers find recovery while attending college. Students in recovery face unique challenges: avoiding triggerspeer pressure, finding new supports, friend groups and community.  

Remember there is no one way to find or be in recovery; learn about available community supports and resources to develop and maintain your own active recovery and wellness plan 

Learn about specific addictive behaviors & safety concerns 

Handouts/Websites

Podcasts/Videos

Books

Applications

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