Kennesaw State Drug Center Helps Students Kick The Addiction

Students hold hands at the end of a recovery meeting at Kennesaw State University's Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery as they say the Serenity Prayer to close the meeting.
Credit David Caselli
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Illicit drug use has been on the rise among college-age young adults, mostly driven by increases in marijuana use. The non-medical use of stimulants, including Adderall and Ritalin, has also more than doubled in the past few years, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Kennesaw State University is taking a proactive position when it comes to student drug use. The Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery is located on the college’s campus in Kennesaw. It was established in 2008 to provide a means to address drug use and help students recover from addiction.

Its mission: “To enable, support and encourage young adult recovery and wellness by providing programs and engaging in collaborative research and education.”

The center’s director, Teresa Johnston, a recent Kennesaw graduate, and a current student joined hosts Rose Scott and Jim Burress on “Closer Look” to discuss the center, its program and their own personal stories on recovery and addiction.