Those who use drugs and alcohol often have an underlying reason (loneliness, social difficulties, low self-esteem, pain, etc.); ask yourself what your reason is.
Be honest about your substance use and abuse. Discuss your fears, doubts, frustrations, and pain with others.
Find something you enjoy doing (playing sports, watching movies, etc.); one of the best ways to get rid of a bad habit is to replace it with a positive one.
Make sure your expectations for school and career are realistic; don't create a schedule well beyond your physical limitations.
Encourage yourself to develop honest relationships with parents, siblings, and other
friends. Ask others (professors, staff, a counselor, or a friend) to help you.
Special thanks to Lisa Laird, MA, Snow College for this information.
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