Alcohol is the number one drug that college students experiment with, and DePaul University chooses to acknowledge this fact and equip students with education about moderation and harm reduction. Survey results show that most DePaul students already drink moderately and very few use illegal drugs; unfortunately, stereotypes promote risky behavior amongst some students. The alcohol & substance abuse prevention specialist seeks to help students make healthy and responsible substance use choices that contribute to wellness and safety, while avoiding harm to self and others.
BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) and Choices
BASICS is provided to any student on an individual basis, and sometimes BASICS is mandated for students who have violated the alcohol and/or drug policies of Code of Student Responsibility. BASICS is an effective, holistic, and evidence-based intervention for helping students reduce risky behaviors and typically involves two one-hour individual sessions. In the sessions, students will learn helpful information related to safety around alcohol and other drugs, including effects of alcohol or marijuana in the body, drug interaction risks, and harm reduction strategies. While BASICS was originally created to focus on alcohol, HPW offers a similar process that focuses more on cannabis.
Choices is a group session that facilitates discussion around alcohol from a variety of perspectives. Students will engage in conversations around the culture of drinking and alcohol, challenge myths and facts, and learn more about the impact on the body and harm reduction strategies to practice safety, if one chooses to drink.
Referrals and Consultation
The alcohol and substance abuse prevention specialist provides students, faculty, staff and families with information about alcohol and drug use, as well as referrals for treatment and support both on- and off-campus. Students who are concerned about their or someone else's use of substances will not get into trouble for seeking information or help.
If you are in recovery from substance misuse or abuse and would like to connect to other DePaul students in recovery, reach out to the alcohol & substance abuse prevention specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit go.depaul.edu/recovery to learn more about meetings, gatherings, and available resources.
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Videos about Alcohol and Drugs
Watch videos from students and residence halls about alcohol, drinking and partying:
See interviews with Public Safety Director Bob Wachowski: