Substance Abuse Services
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Our prevention and outreach services address what students need to know to recognize a problem in themselves or others, training of key "gatekeepers" in the community who may come in contact with students with alcohol/drug problems (ex. resident hall RAs, student advisors, Student Health staff), along with evidence-based environmental strategies. AoD staff work with campus and community partners to develop a collaborative and dynamic approach for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse on the College of Charleston campus and surrounding community. This includes a community coalition consisting of members of local schools, county prevention workers, local churches, parents and students.
Treatment services utilize a research-proven approach called, "Motivational Interviewing" where the counselor and student collaborate to identify what stage of readiness for change the student is at, what motivational factors are important to help them change, and then develop an action plan to help keep the student safe. Whether the student has developed a drinking or drug problem as a result of excitement seeking, attempts to deal with or avoid emotional problems, has a family history of substance abuse, is associating with substance abusing peers, or any other reason, help is available and effective. Seek help now. If you know of someone who needs help, be part of the solution and escort them to CASAS today or call .843.953.5640.
- Why haven’t efforts worked to stop dangerous drinking at college? from PBS NEWSHOUR
"More than 1,800 students die each year from alcohol-related incidents; 600,000 students have been injured while drunk and nearly 100,000 sexual assaults have been reported that were linked to alcohol intoxication."
- Why Colleges Haven’t Stopped Binge Drinking. Decades of attention without much difference from The Chronicle of Higher Education
"More than 1,800 students die every year of alcohol-related causes. An additional 600,000 are injured while drunk, and nearly 100,000 become victims of alcohol-influenced sexual assaults. One in four say their academic performance has suffered from drinking, all according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism."
Help Prevent Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
Alcohol and Other Drug Services
- Alcohol and Other Drug Assessments
- Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems
- Services for most on-campus alcohol/drug violations
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Students should always comply with state laws regarding drinking ages (21 for South Carolina), and when drinking, refrain from intoxication which can compromise their safety and physical/emotional health. Because student safey is a primary goal, students should be encouraged to seek emergency help when acutely intoxicated and in an endangered state. These students can get that help without fear of disciplinary action. CofC Student Handbook Good Samaritan/Medical Amnesty Policy