Family Weekend Panel at The Haven

Family Weekend attendees hear from two men in recovery
Family Weekend attendees hear from two men in recovery

During Family Weekend, The Haven at Miami held a panel discussion of Miami students and parents.  Facilitators Miami Alum William Lammers, and Jeremiah Gardner, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, talked about their struggles and successes with substance use and recovery. Thank you to all families who joined us to talk about this important national issue. For those who were unable to attend, look for video highlights from an amazing program along with Miami student video testimonials in the next newsletter! A few key statistics that were shared at the panel:

The Size and Scope of the Problem is Significant

  • Substance use is highest among college age group
  • 49% of college students engage in high-risk alcohol use and/or abuse prescription/illicit drugs
  • 23% of college students meet criteria for substance use disorder
  • 19% of college students meet criteria for an alcohol use disorder
  • An estimated 4% of students on any given college campus are in recovery from addiction

Most Students That Need Help Don’t Get Help-Parents Want More Information

  • 96% of students who meet criteria for alcohol use disorder never receive services
  • Over 90% of parents see excessive drinking as a serious problem on college campuses

Miami University continues to rigorously examine the issue of high-risk alcohol consumption and is taking many steps to address it. As your students come home for upcoming breaks, we encourage you not to shy away from those challenging discussions around their substance use. Please reach out to The Haven if you have concerns or questions you would like to discuss. The Haven at Miami operates on the same holiday schedule as the University; however, we have staff on call 24/7 open to all student and parent inquiries: 513-280-6046 or 310-822-1234.