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Student Health Services

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Information

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Student Health Services

Location:
Commonwealth Hall, Ground Floor


Mailing Address:
Student Health Services
715 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2509
Fax: 610-436-3148
Email: (for general questions only. Please call for appointments) healthctr@wcupa.edu

Why make an appointment with one of our staff?

  • Free, confidential conversations about alcohol or other drug use. No judgment.
  • Help with quitting tobacco use (smoking or chewing)
  • Talk about a friend when their use of alcohol or drugs is a concern

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Information

Online Alcohol Education for New Students

IMPORTANT-Students entering WCU for fall 2016. You will get information about the required online program on July 31st via your WCU e-mail account.

Students who still need to complete the modules for the 2015-2016 school year-access the start page here and use the LOGIN link in the upper right corner and your WCU e-mail account to get started..

If you completed a similar program at another school, it is your responsibility to get the verification and e-mail it to: alcoholeducation@wcupa.edu

If you have technical problems with the online program, call the program administrator (Campus Clarity) at 800-652-9546. Firefox and Google Chrome seem to be the best web-browsers to use.

Alcohol and Marijuana Use Feedback Tools

eCHECKUP TO GO: Alcohol

Do you drink alcohol? How many calories do you typically drink in a week? How much money do you spend in a month? How does your alcohol use compare to other WCU students and students in the US?

Take 8 minutes to get personal, confidential feedback about alcohol use. Want to talk about the results? Call a member of our Alcohol Education Staff and set up a time to talk

Alcohol: The Survey

Start the alcohol survey below. Read the questions carefully and remember:

  • Accurate responses in = Accurate feedback out
  • Garbage in = Garbage out

IF YOU ARE COMPLETING THIS AS PART OF THE BASICS PROGRAM, BE SURE TO EMAIL THE SURVEY CODE TO YOURSELF ON PAGE 2 OF THE SURVEY.

eCHECKUP TO GO: Marijuana

Do you smoke marijuana? How much money do you spend in a month? How does your use compare to other WCU students and students in the US?

Take 5 minutes to eCHECKUP TO GO: Marijuana and get personal, confidential feedback about marijuana use. Want to talk about the results? Call a member of our Alcohol Education Staff and set up a time to talk.

Alcohol Education Workshops

  • The Alcohol Education Workshops do not satisfy court-required education related to a DUI charge.

FALL 2016 WORKSHOP TIMES

  • Friday September 9, 2016 3-4:30 PM
  • Tuesday September 13, 2016 12 noon-1:30 PM
  • Wednesday September 28, 2016 3:30-5:00 PM
  • Thursday October 6, 2016 12 noon-1:30 PM

Register for an Alcohol Education Workshop.

  • You will get a confirmation within 2-3 days.
  • You will get information about the location and requirements about 3 days before the workshop.

BASICS and CASICS

Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS)

✔ Confidential
✔ No judgment

  • Is an individual, confidential conversation (usually 2 sessions) with a member of the Alcohol and Other Drug Education staff to talk about the use of alcohol/drugs and to help reduce risks.
  • The conversation includes: typical alcohol use, information about alcohol/other drugs, self-evaluation of use, how your use compares to other students, and the development of a personal plan for reducing risks associated with alcohol or drug use.
  • BASICS is open to any student who wants to discuss alcohol or drug use.*

*BASICS does not fulfill requirements for a DUI evaluation or class.

Cannabis Awareness Screening and Intervention for College Students (CASICS)

✔ Confidential
✔ No judgment

  • An individual, confidential conversation (usually 2 sessions) with a member of the Alcohol and Other Drug Education staff to talk about marijuana (or other drugs)
  • Will help you evaluate marijuana/drug use in relation to life goals, health, and safety.
  • CASICS is open to any student who wants to discuss alcohol or drug use, as well as students referred due to a judicial sanction

To make an appointment, call the Student Health Center and ask for a BASICS appointment.

Comments from Students who have Attended BASICS and CASICS

  • "My Basics instructor helped me out a lot and I think everyone should go through this training freshman year."
  • "The BASICS program was very informative and extremely well structured. I would recommend it to students even if they received no citation."
  • "Helpful to be able to talk about issues in a closed environment. Thanks."

Quitting Tobacco Use

Most people who are successful in quitting tobacco use do these things:

  1. Decide to Quit
  2. Set a Date
  3. Make a Plan to learn new skills and behaviors (why do you smoke, and what will you do instead?)
  4. Get Medication and use it correctly (especially if you smoke >10 cigarettes a day and/or smoke within 30 minutes of waking up in the AM)

We are here to help!

Resources

  • Pick up a Tobacco Quit Kit at the Office of Wellness Promotion at Student Health Services. The Kit contains a booklet that will guide you through the cessation process, along with candy, gum, and "fidgets."
  • Call Student Health Services (610-436-2509) to schedule an appointment with the Tobacco Cessation Coordinator.

Free Apps for QUITTERS

  • QuitGuide: Prepare to quit smoking and get support for the days and weeks ahead as well as solutions to handle cravings. Share via Facebook or Twitter.
  • Since iQuit: Track how long since you stopped smoking, and money saved.
  • Quit Smoking: Cessation Nation: Count the days you have quit, money saved, cigarettes not smoked, and get distracted if you have an urge.
  • Get Rich or Die Smoking: How much money do you spend on tobacco? What could you buy instead?

Web Resources

  • Become An Ex: Re-learn life without cigarettes/tobacco
  • Call the PA Department of Health 24-hour Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. Ask about FREE medication for quitting tobacco use for PA residents.
    • The TTY number for the PA Quitline is 877-777-6534.
  • For more information about a personal plan, visit Smokefree.gov
  • I QUIT! : What To Do When You're Sick of Smoking, Chewing, or Dipping.

Resources

On Campus

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) Programs
    Student Health Services
    610-430-4194
  • WCU Counseling & Psychological Services
    610-436-2301

12-Step Meetings

There are many local meeting places and times. Times do change, so please call to confirm. Click the Find a Meeting link on the left and select a location and time.

If you would like to meet another student to attend with, please contact the ATOD staff through the Student Health Center.

Alcoholics Anonymous:

Narcotics Anonymous:

Evaluation and Treatment

If you would like assistance with your insurance or setting up an appointment, please contact the ATOD staff through the Student Health Center.

Al-Anon meetings

Meet others who live, or have lived, with the problem of alcohol abuse or alcoholism.

  • West Chester
    Calvary Lutheran Church
    Rosedale Ave. & New St.
    West Chester, PA
    Thursday mornings at 10:00am

For a complete list of locations, visit Sobriety Online and use the Find A Meeting search.

Drug Free Schools Act

Students receive an email in fall and spring semesters with information required by the Drug Free Schools Act. All resources are listed below.