SAMHSA's most recent TEDS (treatment episode data set) report demonstrates a strong correlation between college students, mental illness and substance abuse. SAMHSA's report indicates a rise in prescription drug abuse amongst college students who are simultaneously struggling with a mental illness. While the pre-existing mental illness may be successfully maintained through pharmacotherapy and mental health treatment, the medications used to treat these disorders often present potential for abuse and dependency.
For college students, the pressure and demands of completing their educational goals may be exacerbating symptoms of mental illness if the individual is not equipped with the appropriate coping skills. This inability to cope can lead to self-medicating, over-medicating, abuse, dependency and, if not treated appropriately, withdrawal. This study is important for promoting awareness, especially in the Staten Island community.
Most individuals in the early phases of abuse or addiction are resistant to or unaware of the services available to them. In many cases, early intervention determines the rate and success of one's recovery.
While we may not be able to reach each and every individual who is struggling in silence, we can make efforts to get the word out. Our agency will be hosting an Open House and Recovery Event at the end of this month. We are inviting treatment providers community leaders and most importantly, the residents of Staten Island. We encourage individuals who are currently struggling or have been affected by substance abuse or mental illness in the past, to join us in promoting recovery and mental health for the Staten Island Community.
Chances are you or someone you know can benefit from an anonymous, educational resource and access to treatment. Help us help our community.
May 30th, 2013
Silver Lake Support Services
201 Forest Avenue, 10301