Dorm life is a new and exciting life for incoming college freshmen. For some it is the first time they have ever had a roommate and for others it could be the largest bedroom they have ever had. Either way, no one has ever experienced the atmosphere of having several thousand, like minded ‘roommates’ in such a close vicinity to one and other. Even those that grow up in a small town cannot image the magnitude of what is waiting for them in dorms. In addition to this number of students so close together, it is a time when young adults begin to discover who they are and who they are going to be. Some students think of it as a complete rebirth and try to experience new things while making as many friends as possible. No matter what kind of person or student you are, college is known as a time to let loose. More often, it is known as a ‘party-time’. Anyone who has gone to college and/or stayed in a dorm understands the type of environment that young, active and exploring students create for themselves. Most dorms are strictly ‘dry’, or no alcoholic beverages allowed on the premises; especially for those freshmen dorms. While we understand this to be true, it would be naive to believe that freshmen do not find a way to sneak alcohol into their rooms. Freshmen students engage in dangerous drinking behaviors. Substance Abuse and Sober Dorms The rise of substance abuse and alcoholism in this nation has created a generation of young students who are entering college with a predisposition to further substance abuse and addiction. There is a growing percentage of students who enter college and must drop out due to poor grades and performance. Some of these students try to find a safer atmosphere for their personal situation, but most continue to repeat the behaviors that force them to drop out. This problem is even more troubling considering a large portion of students enter college without a major and even more end up changing their majors before graduation. Image going off to college, not being engaged in studies and then continue to party with everyone else. This is a recipe for disaster. In response to this growing issue many colleges and universities are trying a different route. Institutions are offering students a sober living dorm to help them curb the craving to drink and party. By creating an atmosphere of like-minded individuals all striving for the same goal in college they enable those suffering with substance abuse issues and addiction to succeed in getting a degree. Sober Dorms and Indiana Colleges Young students who are surrounded by others abusing drugs and alcohol are more likely to engage in that behavior. Add to the fact that most have their bills taken care of and none of them have any supervision. This is a recipe for disaster. Sober dorms are popping up all over the nation. They have proven to provide those suffering with addictive behaviors or substance abuse issues to continue their college career without the dangers of falling victim to addictive behaviors. In Indiana substance abuse and addiction are real life problems. The state is combating the worst outbreak of opioid abuse and addiction. Additionally, the state has witnessed a spike in confirmed cases of HIV and hepatitis. Indiana is creating a generation of new college students that have been exposed to drugs use, abuse and addiction. This is especially dangerous for those entering college having experienced substance abuse and use first hand. By providing sober dorms Indiana can provide safe learning environments for students looking to go to college, earn a degree, and continue to work on their addictive behaviors. Colleges in other states have witnessed first-hand the positive effects of these programs. Sober dorms can help students regain control over their lives without having setbacks in their futures. These dorms should be made mandatory for all Indiana institutions. If you or someone you know is a student that could be battling a substance abuse issue or addiction seek professional help immediately. These students are destroying their bodies, minds and pushing their dreams of earning a college degree further away. If you suffer from substance abuse issues or are fighting an addiction seek an institution that provides a sober dorm to help you earn a degree and work on your addictive habits.