More colleges helping battle addiction

More colleges helping battle addiction
(Source: KAIT)

(KAIT/NBC) - A program in Minnesota helps college students battling addiction transition to having better success habits on campus.

Many college campuses are known for hard partying along with studying. That can be a tough challenge for students in recovery from drugs and alcohol.

However, that is starting to change as more schools offer programs that support students fighting addiction. 'Step up' at Augsburg University in Minneapolis is a residential recovery program for students with addiction.

Officials said they engage in collegiate life with substance-free sober dorms with access to counselors and peers fighting the same battle.

"Really, just kinda making it to the next day was something that-- you know, felt like an accomplishment," said Neil King.

King recently graduated, after fighting through years of addiction. He started at 14 years old and was addicted to heroin. Now with a degree in hand, he said the program made it possible to go to college, stay sober, and recover.

Last year 5.3 million young adults needed treatment for substance abuse, about one in six people between 18 and 25 years old. Now more universities seeing that need are starting recovery programs of their own.

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