The NIAAA Task Force’s focus is on how to change the culture that underlies alcohol misuse and its consequences on college campuses, rather than on simply determining the number of negative alcohol-related incidents that occur each year. The report offers (1) a general approach to incorporating prevention programs on campus, (2) specific interventions that schools can combine to meet the needs of their campuses, and (3) recommendations for future research on college drinking. This link provides national information about how college student drinking is being handled at other universities, by parents, university administrators, and communities alike.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
For comprehensive information on drugs, addiction, recovery, and related research, utilize this NIH Institute.
Are you considering making a change in your drinking? Want to examine your habits and how they might impact your health? This NIH site is full of interactive quizzes and tools to help.
Counseling and Psychiatry Services provide psychological counseling, education, and consultation, to the University community, as well as clinical supervision for selected mental health graduates. Our multi-disciplinary team offers services that promote social, emotional, physical, and cognitive well-being for people facing developmental or unplanned challenges.
Counseling and Psychiatry Services offer a counseling group for college students dealing with problems related to alcohol and other drugs. The “Substance Use and You” (4-week) group is a developmentally-appropriate, psycho-educational, and process group that deals directly with the experiences of college students around their involvement with alcohol and other drugs. Student participants are challenged to think critically about their decisions and behaviors related to alcohol and other drug use. The group format offers support for this process as the facilitators encourage participants to help each other develop alternatives for healthier lifestyles. Group members typically gain more insight into their behavior as they explore their thoughts, feelings, and personal experiences. Phone: 803-777-5223
Health and Wellness
The Office of Health and Wellness Programs offers valuable educational and support services to the entire USC community. Phone: 803-777-8248
Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention (SAVIP)
Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention (SAVIP) offers highly visible, convenient, and accessible programs and services which enable students to live at high levels or wellness and live in an environment which is safe to achieve their academic goals and aspirations. For more information contact (803) 777-8248.
Campus Wellness Promotion
This unit within Student Health Services is devoted to outreach, education, awareness and prevention of acute and chronic health issues for students, faculty and staff at the University of South Carolina. For more information contact (803) 576-9393.
The Office of Student Judicial Programs is committed to providing and ensuring an educational campus climate conducive to the personal and professional development of each student. In addition, the office provides procedures for students and those with an educational interest in the University to pursue grievances within the campus community. Phone: 803-777-4333
Official USC Alcohol Policy
University Policy and Guidelines on the Use of Alcohol by Students
Official USC Drug Policy
Drug Policy for University Students
Parental Notification Policy
Regarding violations of alcohol and drug policies
Prevention, Intervention & Treatment
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.
For local information about AA, please call 803-254-5301 or visit the website at http://www.area62.org/intergroup/columbia.htm. The local schedule is posted on this site and persons seeking help for the first time should attend an open meeting. Phone: 803-254-5301
Gamblers Anonymous International Service Office
GAMBLERS 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 a gambling problem.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling. There are no dues or fees for Gamblers Anonymous membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. Gamblers Anonymous is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any cause. Our primary purpose is to stop gambling and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same.
Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council
1) LRADAC, The Behavioral Health Center of the Midlands is the county authority for the prevention, intervention and treatment of substance abuse for Richland and Lexington Counties. LRADAC offers a wide variety of programs to combat substance abuse in our community. If you or someone you know needs help, please call 256-3100 or visit www.LRADAC.org.
2) The USC Intervention Program is a joint project between LRADAC and USC’s Office of Judicial Affairs. College students violating USC’s alcohol and drug policies are required to complete various sanctions. Depending on the sanction, USC sends students to LRADAC for an alcohol and drug assessment, educational classes, and treatment as well as involvement in community service hours. Most students participate in drug testing. Students complete a variety of community service activities from administrative support to assisting with clients on LRADAC’s Detox Unit. Upon completion of the program, students write an essay about what they learned as a result of participation in the program.
3) The Alcohol Diversionary Program (ADP) is designed to discourage future underage drinking through a series of sessions that help achieve attitude and behavior changes in young people. These changes will reduce participants’ risk of alcohol and drug problems throughout their lives. The program’s non-judgmental approach and persuasion-based teaching process reduces resistance to the life-saving information presented and increases a student’s openness to change. The information is based on documented research findings rather than opinion, exaggerations, or scare tactics. Participation in this program will maximize the likelihood that young people will change high-risk behaviors and increase their chances of maintaining LIFE scholarships while avoiding a criminal record.
Referrals to ADP are made in court by Magistrate and Municipal Court judges and law enforcement. The participant pays an enrollment fee of $250 to ADP and then a $100 fee for the four 2-hour counseling sessions. Upon completion, the participant may apply to the court for expungement of record. The expungement order fee is $150. The participant is then returned to the same legal status before the arrest occurred.
For more information, call 576-1850.
Narcotics Anonymous is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts with more than 31,000 weekly meetings in over 100 countries worldwide. Membership is open to all drug addicts, regardless of the particular drug or combination of drugs used. There are no social, religious, economic, racial, ethnic, national, gender, or class-status membership restrictions. There are no dues or fees for membership. Narcotics
Anonymous provides a recovery process and support network inextricably linked together. One of the keys to NA’s success is the therapeutic value of addicts working with other addicts. Members share their successes and challenges in overcoming active addiction and living drug-free productive lives through the application of the principles contained within the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of NA. Phone: 803-254-6262
The National Council on Problem Gambling
The National Council on Problem Gambling is the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. The mission of the NCPG is to increase public awareness of pathological gambling, ensure the widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families, and to encourage research and programs for prevention and education.
South Carolina Department of Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Services
DAODAS partners with public, private and social sector organizations to provide quality prevention, intervention and treatment services for the citizens of South Carolina. The South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) is the cabinet-level agency charged with ensuring the provision of quality services to prevent or reduce the negative consequences of substance use and addictions. DAODAS partners with public, private and social sector organizations to provide quality prevention, intervention and treatment services for the citizens of South Carolina. Check http://www.daodas.com/web for details about gambling addiction services, prevention opportunities, and DAODAS’ general information on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Phone: 803-896-5555