The Substance Abusing Student

We are all aware of the toll that abuse of alcohol and other drugs can take on individuals, families, friends, and colleagues. In a recent survey of college presidents, alcohol abuse was identified as the campus life issue of greatest concern. The costs are staggering-- in terms of academic failure, vandalism, sexual assault, and other negative consequences.

Do
  • Be on the alert for signs of drug abuse.
  • Share your honest concern for the person.
  • Encourage him/her to seek help.
  • Get necessary help in instances of intoxication.
Don't
  • Ignore the problem.
  • Chastise or lecture.
  • Encourage the behavior as just normal college behavior.
  • Accommodate for the behavior. Experiencing negative consequences for one's choices is a powerful tool in helping to bring about change.