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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.

 

SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment)

This is a one-on-one intervention lasting up to 30 minutes. It focuses on raising awareness about substance use and its consequences and motivating participants towards positive change. It encourages participants to think differently about their use. High-risk users are provided with referrals to treatment. Cost: $75

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; (slowdown 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.  Students with moderate AUDIT scores are assigned to this level. Cost: $125

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. Cost: $125

Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS)

This program consists of 2 one-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. Students entering this program from the courts would be expected to have a moderately high AUDIT score.  Cost: $200

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 6 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.  Cost: $275

Seminars

The AOD team has recently put together a series of five, 90-minute seminars that are available to students.  Primary referrals will be OSC or housing.  However, students may also self-refer to these if they choose.  Students are referred to just one seminar at a time. Cost: $85/seminar

Topics include:

  • Values
  • Risk Management
  • Stages of Change
  • Life Skills
  • Identity

 

Other AOD Services

 

Suboxone induction/treatment

PHP has witnessed a rise in student requests for suboxone treatment of opiate dependence.  The AOD services are now capable of providing induction and ongoing suboxone treatment, as well as supportive therapy for students needing this level of service.  

Clinical Evaluation

Consists of 2-3 sessions in which a student’s substance use and biopsychosocial history is gathered and reflected to the student in terms of health risks and protective factors.  The overall process is similar to that followed in the BASICS protocol, though a client’s history is discussed in greater depth and from a broader perspective; e.g. exploring the presence/absence of a dual diagnosis.  The clinician involved will write an assessment report detailing findings and recommendations.  

Individual Treatment

Student’s may be seen on an individual level for specific adjunct issues such as anxiety, or for support as they engage in a change process from substance dependence or abuse.  This may be done in conjunction with participation in another level of treatment, such as STARS or the Second Offender Program; from within a multidisciplinary team approach, or as a standalone treatment.  

Referral

One result of a substance use evaluation may be that the needs of the client exceed the scope of service of the PHP clinic.  In such cases a clinician may function in a case management role to match the student with an appropriate level of care.  

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