Sending a child to college is an exciting and emotional time, and for parents whose children have struggled with substance use disorders, it can also be a scary time. It's hard enough on any parent's heart to send a child away from home for the first time, and sending a child in recovery away from home comes with the additional risk of sending them into an environment that is not usually conducive to recovery.
Collegiate recovery programs can provide a home away from home for students in recovery, and help them navigate the university environment. At UCSB, we have a variety of supports in place to help our recovering students make the most of their experience while prioritizing their recovery. We hope that offering these supports can help parents of Gauchos in recovery to sleep a little easier at night knowing that their chid is supported by the University and their peers.
Our GFR staff is here to support parents, too! If your child is thinking about coming to college/returning after a leave, we can help you navigate the process and determine what level of support is right for them, even if it's not at UCSB. If your child attends UCSB and needs support, we can help get them connected.
Al‑Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help. (From al-anon.org)
Alanon meetings are available almost everywhere in the country, as well as online.