Alcohol/ Drug Abuse

Many students actively struggle with controlling their drinking​ or drug use​; others simply doubt or question whether or not their substance use is problematic. While alcohol remains the most widely used addictive substance on college campuses, marijuana, prescription painkillers, and stimulants are being abused in growing numbers.

If you have any concerns about the ways in which substance use may be affecting your school work, job performance, health, relationships, or general wellbeing, speaking with a professional counselor is a good way to clarify to what degree chemical substances may be causing you problems.

CAPS offers several services and resources that can give you feedback on your relationship to substances and help you work through any ambivalence about staying where you are or making changes in your habits.

Consider any of the following services as a first step:

• Take CAPS’ confidential online alcohol screening

• Peruse our lending library’s books on abuse and addiction

• Call and request a 30 minute ASSIST screening (Alcohol, Tobacco, Substance Involvement Screening Test) with a CAPS counselor

• Meet with an individual counselor for a 45 minute general intake appointment

• Attend a CAPS group​ focusing on substance issues:

• Maintaining Healthy Lifestyles (MHL) – for students in violation of campus alcohol and drug policies

• Moving Forward – for  students interested in making changes in use habits or maintaining the changes they have made, with group support

Not ready to interface with CAPS directly? Check-out the Substance Abuse Re​source List for helpful information about substance use, abuse, and addiction.