One of the best things about starting your recovery journey is a second chance at all the things you always wanted to do; for some people, this is going back to education, whether this is an apprenticeship, college course, or university.
Does this sound like you? You might be a bit apprehensive, right?
It’s well-known that people ‘party hard’ in university and the idea of every aspect of socialisation involving alcohol or drugs can cause anxiety and stress to those in recovery. Worry can also come from the potential stress of juggling a learning schedule, leisure time, self-care etc and whether the ‘balancing’ act will cause a relapse.
All of these concerns are understandable and valid, but don’t let them stop you from following your dreams. There are often resources available for those in recovery from addiction within educational facilities; some universities have sober societies, speak to your student’s union representative or a peer.
Recovery Connections on Campus currently works within Teesside University and Middlesbrough College.
Resources provided by Recovery Connections on Campus this academic year are online and include:
Connect with other students in recovery
Support for family and friends
Virtual recovery meeting as part of Teesside University SU (contact us / Teesside University SU to find out more)
In addition to accessing services to support you, there are other things that you can do to aid your recovery. You could find your local AA, CA, NA meetings and attend them if you feel comfortable and if possible, maintain positive relationships with friends and family back at home. If you need some advice and support, give us a call.