Alcohol and other drug addiction are chronic illness, characterized by a strong and persistent desire for a substance of choice and loss of control over its use, even in the face of harsh consequences. There is no cure for addiction, but it can be controlled.
People in recovery can lead productive lives. Abuse is often associated with poor school performance and dropping out, job loss, family disruption, sexual abuse, crime, illness, disability and death.
At the counseling center we use Prime Solutions for our weekly group counseling. It is a substance use treatment program developed in collaboration with several leading addiction experts. The treatment program helps clients to make changes in their high-risk drinking and drug use.*
*If you have mandated counseling requirements for UWG conduct sanctions or legal obligations make an appointment with one of our substance abuse counselors for an evaluation.
Go Ask Alice!
Go Ask Alice! is the health question and answer Internet service produced by Alice!, Columbia University's Health Promotion Program, a division of Health Services at Columbia. This site has three primary features:
- New GAA! Q&As of the Week gives you the most recently published inquiries and responses — this section is updated every Friday.
- Search GAA! lets you find health information by subject via a search of the ever-growing Go Ask Alice! archives containing nearly 3,000 previously-posted questions and answers.
- Ask Alice! give you the chance to ask and submit a question to Alice!
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Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
To provide students with the best prevention and intervention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving and other destructive decisions.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (NIAAA)
NIAAA provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems by:
- Conducting and supporting research in a wide range of scientific areas including genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology, health risks and benefits of alcohol consumption, prevention, and treatment
- Coordinating and collaborating with other research institutes and Federal Programs on alcohol-related issues
- Collaborating with international, national, state, and local institutions, organizations, agencies, and programs engaged in alcohol-related work
- Translating and disseminating research findings to health care providers, researchers, policy makers, and the public
Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Narcotics Anonymous® is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. The Twelve Steps of NA are the basis of our recovery program.
People have all sorts of reasons for attending NA meetings, but the reason for each meeting is to give NA members a place to share recovery with other addicts. If you are not an addict, look for an open meeting, which welcomes non-addicts. If you’re an addict or think you might have a drug problem, we suggest a meeting every day for at least ninety days to get to know NA members and our program.
Al-Anon & Alateen
For over 55 years, Al-Anon (which includes Alateen for younger members) has been offering strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers. It is estimated that each alcoholic affects the lives of at least four other people. Alcoholism is truly a family disease.
No matter what relationship you have with an alcoholic, whether they are still drinking or not, all who have been affected by someone else’s drinking can find solutions that lead to serenity in the Al-Anon/Alateen fellowship.
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