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Alcohol & Other Drug Program

We offer a variety of services to educate students about the choices they make when using alcohol and other drugs to prevent substance abuse from becoming a problem, and to treat substance abuse problems when they occur.

Alcohol & Other Drug Services

Substance-Use Evaluation

A substance-use evaluation consists of 2-3 sessions in which a knowledgeable staff member will work with the student to gather information about his/her substance use history and provide feedback to the student regarding health risks and protective factors that may be associated with the student’s substance-use patterns.  Recommendations following the assessment process may range from lifestyle changes to more formal treatment options An assessment report detailing findings can be written if needed.

Referral:  One result of a substance use evaluation may be that the needs of the student are beyond the scope of service that can be provided in PHP.  In such cases, a substance abuse counselor can help the student find the most appropriate level of care needed.

Choices

This program consists of two 1-hour small group sessions (4-8 people) led by a professional staff. This program follows a protocol based on a workbook/journal. The facilitator leads the group through a series of topics/educational points about college students and alcohol. Students make entries in their journals about their own behaviors and then have a brief discussion. The program is designed for low level, first time MIP offenders or a dorm-based multiple offender, again with low levels of behavior (e.g. drinking only).

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Focus on Alcohol Concerns (FAC)

This program consists of three 2-hour small group sessions led by a professional staff. Students participate in group exercises and discussions about their current pattern of substance use, the risks involved, and the harm-reduction strategies they may employ to decrease personal risk. Topics include weekly calculation of each student’s peak BAC level, the biology of alcohol intake and metabolism; (slow down of brain functions and related symptoms, estimated time to 0.000 BAC, metabolic differences between men and women, risk of sexual assault, etc.); review of risks taken and/or harm-reduction strategies attempted; review of past-year use of alcohol and other substances; normative expectations around substance use; refusal strategies; etc.

Marijuana Level I

This program consists of three 2-hour small group sessions led by a professional staff. Students participate in group exercises and discussions about their current pattern of marijuana use, the risks involved, and the harm-reduction strategies they may employ to decrease personal risk. Topics include weekly tracking of marijuana use, emotional response to use and level of need associated with use; legal issues of marijuana use; pharmacology, biology and effects of marijuana use; review of past-year use of alcohol and other substances; normative expectations around substance use; self assessment exercises designed to help students evaluate their relationship with substances; refusal strategies; etc.

Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS)

This program consists of two 1-hour individual sessions with a professional counselor.  Students provide a personal history of their involvement with alcohol and other drugs and complete one or more screens which assess the risk stemming from their pattern of use and history.  Feedback from the screens and the history are presented during the second session to help the student identify both risks and protective factors he or she may already be using or may want to use.  The counselor then leads the student through a brief discussion of what the student may be ready to change about their substance use.

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Marijuana Level II

This program consists of 6 two-hour group sessions led by a professional staff. Group sessions involve brief presentations of information by group leaders followed by small group discussions. The primary focus of groups is increasing awareness of marijuana use and related lifestyle patterns. Topics include, pharmacology, biology and effects of marijuana use; use, abuse and addiction; challenging perceptions; setting limits; recognizing triggers and high risk using situations; examination of the role of one’s marijuana use and the impact; replacement strategies to fulfill the role of marijuana use; lifestyle balance; and strategies for reducing high risk use. Throughout the six weeks, students will track their use and will also be expected to complete 1-2 weeks of abstinence from all substances as a means to further evaluate their own use and potential impact.

STARS Program

This 12-week program is designed for students with multiple AOD infractions and/or students who are on the verge of being suspended from school or are facing more significant legal sanctions than other students in the AOD spectrum. Groups meet weekly with only one excused absence allowed. Many will be on mandatory UDS and are in this class as a last chance agreement. 

Components of the Program

Intake 
Each student will start with a one-session, individualized substance-use evaluation. Following the evaluation and admission to the program, the student will meet with his/her case manager to begin a needs assessment and treatment plan. The STARS program takes a holistic approach to therapy utilizing a 10 Dimension Wheel of Health. Prior to their initial treatment planning, students assess themselves on each of these ten dimensions; identifying strengths, areas of growth, and the impact of substance use. Students then identify specific areas or focus and set goals for each of the dimensions identified.

Other components of the treatment plan may include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Medication evaluation
  • Self-help meetings (i.e. AA)
  • Staff assistance in identifying campus and community resources
  • Random drug and alcohol screenings (not required for participation in the program)

While some students may be required to remain abstinent from all substances for various reasons, others may be working at reducing their use and developing a healthier relationship with alcohol and other drugs.

Group Therapy
All students enrolled in the STARS program will have the opportunity to participate in weekly group therapy. The therapy serves several purposes including; getting and giving support from peers who are going through similar struggles with alcohol and other drugs, checking in with each other and the group facilitator on treatment plans and wellness areas of focus, recognizing and rewarding students who are doing well, as well as identifying students who need adjustments to their treatment plans.

Case Management
In addition to their initial case management session, students are also given two 30 minute case management sessions throughout the course of the program to check-in about their treatment plans and make any necessary changes. Further support is available for an additional fee.

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