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Mental Health

Student Assistance Program


Student Assistance Program

WVU’s Student Assistance Program offers an array of services for students with alcohol or other drug concerns, including individual assessment, individual and group counseling, and educational activities. Students who seek our services participate in an evaluation/assessment, which is reviewed by the SAP staff. WVU SAP also helps coordinate Alcoholics Anonymous groups on campus.

Since each individual’s needs are different, a referral may be made to one of the following:

  • A Carruth Center psychologist or psychiatrist
  • 12-Step Programs (Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon)
  • In-patient hospitalization

Symptoms of a Drinking Problem

  • High tolerance – the need to drink more to get drunk
  • Getting drunk when you intended to stay sober
  • Blackout – the inability to remember what happened while drinking
  • Mood swings or personality changes
  • Getting drunk frequently
  • Inability to consistently control your drinking
  • Engaging in illegal behavior while drinking
  • School, job, or financial difficulties related to drinking
  • Injuring yourself or others while drinking
  • Family or social problems caused by drinking
  • Hangovers that last longer or are more severe
  • Starting the day with a drink (weekends count, too)
  • Finding reasons to be in drinking situations

Any one or more of the symptoms listed above may indicate a drinking problem. This is the time to be truthful with yourself about the severity of your problem. Sometimes, the people closest to you recognize your problem but are afraid to talk about it. If someone has talked to you about a possible drinking problem, you have a very strong reason to take an honest look at your drinking habits.

If you have an appointment with SAP and do not show up for your scheduled appointment you will be charged $25.00. If you cannot make your scheduled appointment you must cancel and or reschedule at least 24 hours before your appointment or you will be charged $25.00 to you student account.

John Spraggins, M.S.W. Therapist,
Student Assistance Program Director/Counselor
john.spraggins@mail.wvu.edu
304-293-4477