Substance Abuse Counseling
The Substance Abuse Education Program addresses alcohol and drug abuse issues and
is one of the many services offered by the Counseling, Tutoring and Testing's Psychological Counseling staff. As with most of the other services offered through C&PCC, this program is
offered free of charge to U of M students enrolled for 6 credits or more in the regular
Fall and Spring semesters, or at least 1 credit hour during the Summer semesters.
Although many of the referrals to this program come from the university's Judicial and Ethical Programs Office as a result of student violation of university policy regarding the use of alcohol
or other drugs on university property or at university-sponsored events, this program
is open to any student who wants to learn more about alcohol, other drugs, and addiction.
One does not need to have a substance abuse problem in order to access this program.
The Substance Abuse Program is comprised of one or more counseling sessions. Sessions
utilize video, handouts, and discussion. Sessions typically are conducted one-on-one
between a psychologist and the student. However, when feasible, a group format also
may be employed.
Topics discussed over the duration of the education program include but are not limited
to the following:
- Substance abuse Myths and Facts
- Defense Mechanisms
- The Addiction Cycle
- Impact of drug use on decision making
- Legal ramifications of substance abuse
Counseling services are provided in accordance with the ethical guidelines of the
American Psychological Association.