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Students and Alcohol
The University and Department of Wellness and Prevention Services work to ensure all members of the campus community are aware of the warning signs for alcohol and other drug abuse and addiction. Those suffering from addiction are encouraged to seek help; thus, significant efforts are made to educate campus members of the various support services available and the referral process. Free substance abuse and dependence services are available to all students through both the Department of Wellness and Prevention Services and Counseling and Psychological Services.
Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Counseling is an opportunity to explore a student’s overall health and well-being, in relation to personal use of alcohol and/or drugs,vor in relation to someone else’s use of alcohol and/or drugs. Counseling is a confidential, supportive place to discuss life events with a professional who will:
• Be caring
• Help with acquiring an objective perspective
• Provide helpful information
• Be non-judgmental
• Explore alternatives
AOD counseling can be a single session consultation, short term (2 to 6 sessions), or longer depending on the goals the student wants to accomplish. These sessions will help address troubling experiences or feelings, or can be used to support life changes desired by the student. The demands of college life are stressful enough, and AOD counseling can enhance a student’s chances to succeed academically. Services are also available for other addictions including gambling, pornography, internet and video games. Furthermore, we offer educational services, such as, Alcohol.EDU and BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students). Additional services include weekly guided meditation opportunities as well as educational and interactive outreach programs for individuals or groups. To make an appointment or have a consultation, students, friends and parents can call the Department of Wellness and Prevention Services to make an appointment at (828) 262-3148, or visit during office hours, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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