Addiction

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. The disease is often progressive and fatal. It is characterized by continuous or periodic: impaired control over alcohol/other drug use, preoccupation with alcohol/drugs, use of alcohol/drugs despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking, most notably denial.

  • Addiction is a multifactorial disease
  • Addiction is treatable
  • Co-occuring disorders are common
  • Effective treatment helps
  • People with addiction get better
  • Recovery and remission are possible
  • Addicted people in all stages of addiction and recovery deserve effective medical care, treatment, and non-discrimination.

Student Health Services offers assessment and evaluation of addictions, severity of addictions, and co-occurring disorders. Referrals are made to treatment programs(inpatient or outpatient) in the community if necessary. Individual therapy and 12 step support groups are available on campus.

Mental Health

EMERGENCIES

  • Call 911

Self Help Resources
  • HBO:Addiction - HBO.com's Addiction website brings together many of America's top addiction experts to explain that addiction is a medical condition.
  • Addiction Recovery Basics - Addiction recovery basics, resources for entering addiction recovery and developing sober living skills.
  • Teen Health - Find out what you can do if you think you or a friend has a drug or alcohol addiction. Explains signs, getting help, and staying clean.
  • Addiction Search - Addiction Search is a comprehensive site dedicated to providing health consumers and professionals with up-to-date, research-based information.
  • ...more self help