Facts are often not enough to help some university students with their drinking and drug use.
Wondering if you might have a problem or recognizing that you do have a problem with substance misuse are the first steps in getting help. Some people have trouble deciding whether their use is a problem, and others find it hard to stop even when they are aware that it has become a problem.
Prevention, early detection and timely intervention of college substance abuse issues are vital if students want to reduce the number of alcohol and other drug-related problems they have on campuses today. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism research shows that college students who receive a single individual counseling session will often significantly reduce their substance abuse. It is up you, the student who is now in charge of his or her life, to realize choices about drinking and drugs are critical. You need to party smart. And if you get in trouble with substance abuse, you need to seek help. It is your future.
Because substance abuse affects every person on our campus, we offer several programs to help students like you make safe and informed decisions about substance use. If you think you might need help, your primary care physician or a doctor on campus can give you advice and refer you for treatment if you need it. And don’t worry. Doctor-patient relationships are confidential—even here at college.
Professional and confidential help is available from WELLWVU Carruth. It’s free, confidential and a good place to start if you’re ready for some straight talk about alcohol, drugs and you. Please call your school counseling center and make an appointment to see one of our counselors. Let’s talk!
Some programs that may be offered include:
Substance Misuse or Abuse Counseling—to help students reduce risk in their choices in a safe, non-judgmental environment. By the way, what you say will not be released to anyone inside or outside the school without your written permission (except as required by law).
Peer counseling—to help students reduce risk in their choices in a safe, non-judgmental environment
Peer-led workshops—featuring interactive real-life tools you can use at parties, in clubs or anywhere drinking and drugs are around to tempt you
Hotlines—offering confidential counseling when you need it. By the way, what you say will not be released to anyone inside or outside the school without your written permission (except as required by law).
If You Find Yourself Worried about a Friend…
While there is no one guaranteed way to help a friend, there are many things worth trying. Once you feel that you’re ready to talk with your friend, here are some tips that may help things go more smoothly. (Remember, your friend may not see things the way you do or may not be ready to admit this.)
Your friend may say that everything is fine. You may need to play it by ear about whether to push more or back off. There is no one right answer. Even if your friend seems to have completely ignored you, your effort still has value. You have done what is called “planting the seed.” You have articulated a concern, and while it may not produce immediate change, your words may resonate with your friend over time. You may not be the only one to raise a concern—the effect can be cumulative. The remarks of one person can be more easily ignored than those of numerous people.
Everyone has his or her own ideas about what it means to be a good friend. Sometimes it means being brave enough to say your piece.
Visit your college website, take a spin through your student handbook and talk to your resident supervisor. See what’s happening at your school’s recreational complex, and ask about other facilities your college offers for recreational use. School concerts might also be happening this weekend. Chances are your school offers a wide variety of recreational options that you will enjoy.
Don’t be afraid to get off campus as well and check out local cultural events or the movie times. Pick up a newspaper (yes, a newspaper!) or go online to the local newspaper site to see the events calendar for this month. If you’re still stumped about things to do, check out this site for ideas from what other people are doing around the world!