January 27, 2012
IN their undergrad uniforms of fleece and sweats, a clutch of Rutgers students gathered on the worn red couches of their dorm’s common room and told their stories. A good-looking, fun-loving 23-year-old named Greg described arriving at college freshman year with a daily pot-smoking habit and a close relationship with alcohol. He soon followed the lead of his alcoholic father and was binge drinking (five drinks or more in a row). “It was pretty scary,” he said.
Texas Tech students play catch-up in a required one-credit course, which Kitty S. Harris, director of its Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery, describes as: “How to build relationships, how to problem solve, how to talk to the opposite sex, how do you learn to avoid drama in relationships, how do you manage money.”