Alcohol, Drug & Addiction Services
The Brief Alcohol Screening and Interventions of College Students (BASICS) helps to reduce problem drinking by enhancing motivation to change, promoting healthier choices, reviewing myths and facts about alcohol, and teaching coping skills to moderate drinking. BASICS consists of two, one-on-one sessions with a counselor. Prior to the counseling sessions, students complete an online alcohol evaluation: Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO.
BASICS utilizes cognitive and behavioral strategies to moderate drinking, and motivational interviewing strategies to build interest in changing drinking behavior. This research based evaluation helps students take a detailed look at their drinking habits. It also provides them personalized feedback about their drinking habits. The first BASICS session focuses on the student’s alcohol use patterns, personal beliefs about alcohol, understanding social alcohol norms, and personal family history. The second session focuses on myths, facts, and norms, as well as responsible drinking and healthy lifestyle choices.
CHOICES about Alcohol is a group experience with other students that focuses on alcohol use. CHOICES consists of three 60-minute sessions which are facilitated by a counselor. Prior to group sessions, students complete the Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test Revised (MAST).
This widely used assessment helps students take a look at their drinking habits and level of dependence on alcohol. CHOICES about Alcohol also utilizes a journal that students complete during and in between sessions. CHOICES about Alcohol helps students evaluate the risks associated with alcohol use and equip them with effective strategies for reducing the risk and harm associated with drinking in college environments. CHOICES focuses on the transition to college and unique risks of the college experience, normative facts versus expectations, the pros and cons of alcohol use, biological and physiological facts about alcohol, expectancy effect, calculating BAC, alcohol content by drink type, effects of BAL and tolerance, consequences inventory, alcohol poisoning risk and response, personal risk assessment, harm-reduction strategies, self-monitoring and coping skills.
The Cannabis Screening and Brief Intervention for College Students (CASICS) helps students to evaluate their marijuana use, explore personal risks and consequences, and to identify skills for moderation or abstinence. CASICS consists of two, one-on-one sessions with a counselor. Prior to the counseling sessions, students complete an online marijuana assessment: Marijuana eCHECKUP TO GO.
CASICS utilizes cognitive and behavioral strategies to moderate marijuana use and motivational interviewing strategies to build interest in changing behavior. This research based assessment helps students take a detailed look at their marijuana use and provides them personal and individualized feedback about their patterns of use. The first CASICS session focuses on the student’s patterns of marijuana use, personal beliefs about marijuana, understanding social norms related to marijuana use, and personal family history. The second session focuses on myths, facts, and norms, as well as harm reduction approaches and healthy lifestyle choices.