This program provides evaluation and assistance in the prevention,
education, and short-term treatment of alcohol and substance abuse.
Resources utilized include an in-depth alcohol and substance use evaluation,
video and reading material, an interactive computer program, an online
alcohol education course and appropriate referrals for long-term inpatient
and outpatient treatment. These strategies are aimed at reducing a student's
risk for developing serious problems associated with the abuse of alcohol
and other substances.
Students who are mandated by the Commandant's Office to participate
in the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Program (ASAPP) are assessed
and may then be placed in one or more levels of intervention. At the
Initial Appointment, each student completes a Pre-Intake Assessment
Packet. This packet includes numerous questionnaires intended to evaluate
behaviors, perceptions, and expectations related to alcohol and drug
use. Upon completion of the Pre-Intake Assessment Packet, the student
will meet with a counselor for an in-depth, one-hour Intake Interview.
Once the Initial Appointment is finished, a follow-up appointment will
be scheduled with the counselor. This begins with a Post-Intake questionnaire
related to alcohol and drug use. Following this, the cadet will meet
with the counselor for a Feedback Session. The purpose of the Feedback
Session is to explore the effects the alcohol and/or drug use choices
are having in the student's life. During the appointment, the questionnaire
results and interview material will be discussed with the student; individual
feedback will be provided; and the results will be used to recommend
the appropriate level of intervention. The levels of intervention include:
2. Alcohol 101 CD-ROM
3. Alcohol Edu, Online Alcohol Education Course
4. Short-Term Counseling at The Citadel Counseling Center
5. Off Campus Referrals
These materials focus on helping students develop a more thorough understanding
of personal risk factors and secondary effects as well as providing
tips for reducing risk of alcohol and substance abuse.
Alcohol 101 - CD-ROM
Alcohol 101 is an interactive CD-ROM program developed by the University
of Illinois in partnership with The Century Council. Alcohol 101 uses
interactive video, audio, graphics, and text to provide students with
information about alcohol and alcohol abuse prevention. It is designed
to help college students make informed choices about drinking or not
drinking alcohol as well as help them understand the consequences of
Alcohol Edu is an online, science-based course that provides detailed
information about alcohol and its effects on the body and mind. Whether
a student drinks moderately or abstains, this course will help empower
students to make well-informed decisions about their own use of alcohol,
as well as cope with the drinking behavior of peers.
This course is comprised of six chapters that cover the following topics:
- Chapter 1: Alcohol in Society
- Chapter 2: Alcohol Basics
- Chapter 3: Alcohol and Behavior
- Chapter 4: Alcohol Effects on Learning and Memory
- Chapter 5: Alcohol Abuse and Addiction
- Chapter 6: Other Effects of Alcohol Use
Each of these chapters is followed by quiz questions, interactive exercises,
case studies, or a combination of the three. These activities help students
review the content covered in the chapters. In addition, the course
includes a Pre and Post Survey, as well as a comprehensive final test
(40 questions). Students receive a passing or failing grade - a score
of 65% or higher is required to pass the test. One month after students
take the course, they will be e-mailed a follow-up survey. The course
takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete.
Short-term Counseling at The Citadel Counseling Center
Counseling is available at the Counseling Center for students whose
assessment appears to place them at moderate risk for current/future
substance related problems.
Off Campus Referrals
Referrals will be provided for students whose assessment appears to
place them at greater risk for current/future substance related problems
or whose concerns are beyond the scope of the short-term services offered
by The Citadel Counseling Center. Students may be offered off campus
referrals for long-term counseling, inpatient treatment, or support
groups like AA or NA.
AA Meetings: Days, Times, and Locations
AA meetings are available in the local community. Students are encouraged
to call the Counseling Center for dates and times. Attendance at AA
meetings is confidential. Cadets who need special orders to attend AA
meetings should call the Counseling Center and schedule an initial intake
appointment with a counselor.
Learn More about Alcohol Use
Drinking: What's "Normal" and What's Not
It's normal not to drink. Contrary to popular belief, not all students
drink. It's also normal to drink moderately at some times and not drink
at all at other times. When you drink, it's normal to know your limits
and take steps to stay within them.
Ever "forget" what you did while drinking? Such blackouts
aren't normal and they are dangerous. Alcohol in the brain causes information
to be processed very crudely. It may not be stored in long term memory.
So a person may have "gaps" when trying to remember what happened
" the night before." Blackouts put a person at greater risk
of alcohol-related injuries or death, unsafe sex, unplanned pregnancy,
violence, acquaintance rape and legal troubles.
If you choose to drink, have a plan. Make decisions about your limit
before you start drinking. It's tough to know when to stop if your judgment
is impaired. Eat before you drink and eat while you're drinking to slow
down alcohol absorption into the bloodstream. Space and pace your drinks.
Alternate alcohol and non-alcohol drinks (your liver can only handle
about one drink per hour -- the rest builds up in your bloodstream.)
Avoid drinking games -- the purpose is to get you drunk fast. You can
easily exceed your limit.
Don't drink if you really don't want to (learn ways to refuse drinks),
if you are upset, anxious, or angry, if you're taking certain medications,
or if you are driving.
Watch for these signs of unhealthy drinking:
- Have you had trouble remembering things that happened while you
- Have you ever done things while drinking that you wouldn't do otherwise?
- Do you frequently suffer from signs of a hangover -- a dry "cotton
mouth," fatigue, upset stomach, headaches, and sore muscles?
- Do you frequently vomit after drinking?
- Have you ever passed out while drinking?
- Is drinking interfering with your grades?
- Is your drinking causing problems with a partner, friends or family?
- Do you spend a lot of money on alcohol?
- Are you drinking more to get the same effect?
- Have you ever had withdrawal symptoms (felt sick when you weren't
drinking, and felt better once you had a drink?)
- Have you injured yourself while drinking?
Better Things to Do Campaign
The College of Charleston's Counseling and Substance Abuse Services
has launched a substance abuse prevention campaign. The campaign is
centered around a website offering information on fun things to do on
campus and in the Charleston area. The website also provides information
on substances of abuse and getting help for substance related problems.
In one and a half weeks, the site had over 1900 hits. We want alternatives
to substance abuse to be in the foreground of our campus culture too.
Check it out today. www.cofc.edu/betterthingstodo
You can also access this website by clicking on the links button and
looking under Alcohol and Drugs.