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.
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.