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College is a difficult time in a young person's life. It is usually the first time that a student has ever been on their own and the first time that a student can ever meaningfully lose out on educational opportunities due to bad scholastic performance. Students need to juggle their studies, their social engagements, and mundane responsibilities like laundry, food, and sleep. This requires time management skills that most students have never learned.

 

Faced with overwhelming demands on their time, many students find themselves overwhelmed by stress. In fact, as many as 40% of students feel stressed often and as many as 20% feel stressed nearly all the time. In many students, this stress is a factor in depression, causing 10% of college students to suffer depression. Faced with nearly impossible time demands, high levels of stress, and possibly depression, 20% of college students abuse prescription stimulants in order to cope or self medicate.

 

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It’s been four years since I emerged from rehab, blinking into the new light of sobriety, a shivering, puking, frightened wreck. That terrified wreck is still inside me, I don’t suppose she will ever go away, and I don’t suppose I will ever want her to – it’s that part of me that keeps me sober. Keeps me sane (ish) and centred, no matter what life throws at me. But what has recovery given me? What have I learnt so far?

Recovery has given me everything – a life. End of.

It has also given me everything that comes with a life ie a profound realisation of my failures, my fears, my insecurities, my disappointments and expectations, my long-held resentments, my pride, my vanity and, for good measure, my greed. It has given me loss, a deep grief which has become a treasure chest of wisdom, and hope as clear and sharp as a sunny winter morning. It has given me difficulties and strife, chaos and uncertainty punctuated by glimmers of deep resonance, kindness, friendship and love in every possible permutation. It has given me, me.

So, today, sitting here with four years’ of sobriety and (relative) sanity behind me, and a present filled with opportunity and potential, I want to share these small pearls of wisdom gleaned from the recovery trenches:

1) Sometimes you need to do the wrong thing to get to the right place

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