The problem of substance abuse affects students and their communities throughout higher education. The causes vary. Sometimes it is associated with the stress of a new environment or the pressures associated with an academic program. Sometimes it develops from the independence or choice presented by their new living situation.

Whatever the reason, much has been done at both the institutional and national levels to help address this concern. If you have a concern about yourself or a friend, it is strongly recommended that you seek help from a local professional. One to one personal care is always the most effective in assessing and treating any problems. If you are affiliated with a college or university, the Counseling Centers often have staff who specialize in the treatment of substance abuse. Should care outside of the Counseling Center be needed, be aware that most insurance plans provide coverage for substance abuse consultation.

If you first wish to examine information related to substance abuse in private, please refer to the following resources:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism http://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/ ; http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/faq/faq.htm

Link to National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of the San Fernando Valley, Inc. Michigan Alcohol Screening Test
http://www.ncadd-sfv.org/symptoms/mast_test.html

You may also find valuable information available at your institution or organizationís website

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