Tackling substance addiction_ Aggie goals to deliver collegiate restoration program to Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) -Research present a big improve in substance abuse on faculty campuses nationwide, adversely affecting tutorial efficiency, dangerous or harmful behaviors, and in some circumstances critical damage or loss of life.

In accordance with the Nationwide Institutes of Well being, greater than 100,000 people within the U.S. died from a drug-involved overdose in 2021, together with illicit medication and prescription opioids.

Efforts are presently underway to ascertain a program at Texas A&M College to help college students battling substance abuse and habit.

The drive behind this initiative stems from private tragedy. Angie Rogers, an Aggie, and mom, skilled the devastating lack of her son, Brandon “Bubba” Rogers, in 2015 resulting from a drug overdose. Sadly, this tragic incident is just not an remoted occasion, because the variety of lives misplaced to drug-related fatalities continues to rise yearly.

Brandon Rogers (Angie Rogers)

“I hate that he’s a statistic,” expressed Rogers. “In 2021, it was over 107,000 lives misplaced in only a few quick years.”

Angie says Brandon’s wrestle with habit started at an early age. He sought remedy and overcame his battles however later relapsed. Angie believes that if had Brandon had entry to extra specialised restoration packages he might have beat habit.

“We’re altering the trajectory of scholars’ lives with packages like this and I really feel strongly that had I had my son in a restoration highschool or if he had been in a collegiate restoration program when he went to varsity I feel he’d be alive at the moment,” stated Angie.

Specialists say substances like alcohol, marijuana, and prescription capsules have more and more gained recognition on faculty campuses nationwide, posing a big problem to pupil well-being. It’s exactly this development that fuels Rogers’ dedication to deliver a collegiate restoration program to Texas A&M.

Kevin Doyle, President and CEO on the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate College of Dependancy Research (KBTX)

“It’s a spot the place college students who discover themselves battling extreme consuming or drug use can search assist and obtain help,” stated Rogers.

Kevin Doyle, President and CEO of the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate College of Dependancy Research, one of many nation’s prime habit remedy facilities, notes a shift in college responses to college students coping with habit.

“Up to now, the final response was disciplinary, usually resulting in expulsion or sending college students to remedy. Nonetheless, we should now take into account the best way to help a pupil who’s in restoration,” stated Doyle.


Doyle says that many college students are actively searching for universities with specialised packages addressing substance abuse and habit.

“College students have gotten increasingly educated they usually have expectations about what their faculty or college will supply to them,” Doyle added.

Angie and Brandon Rogers (KBTX)

Whereas Angie can’t deliver Brandon again, she believes as an Aggie and mom she is known as to assist make a distinction when a necessity arises.

“I hate that I misplaced my son. It’s the worst ache conceivable, however I’m grateful that God has supplied me a possibility to make the most of this ache for a significant objective,” expressed Rogers.

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