The Student who may have a Substance Abuse Problem

Your responsibilities are not to diagnose or provide therapy; it is the development of a compassionate and forthright conversation that ultimately helps a student in trouble find understanding, support, and the proper therapeutic resources.

Signs of people who may have an alcohol problem:

  • They fail to fulfill major work, school, or home responsibilities.
  • Specific school problems such as poor attendance, low grades, and/or recent disciplinary action become apparent.
  • The person may drink in situations that are physically dangerous, such as when driving a car.
  • Recurring alcohol-related legal problems, such as being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or for physically hurting someone while drunk become apparent.
  • The person continues to drink despite having ongoing relationship problems that are caused or worsened by drinking alcohol.
  • The person exhibits mood changes such as temper flare-ups, irritability, and defensiveness.
  • Physical or mental problems such as memory lapses, poor concentration, bloodshot eyes, lack of coordination, or slurred speech manifest themselves

Signs that a student may have a drug problem:

  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms (e.g., nausea, restlessness, insomnia, concentration problems, sweating, tremors and anxiety)
  • Taking a drug in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms, after reducing or stopping prior chronic drug use
  • Spending a lot of time getting, using, and recovering from the effects of a drug
  • Abandoning previously-enjoyed activities, such as hobbies, sports, and socializing, in order to use drugs
  • Neglecting school, work, or family responsibilities
  • Taking risks while high, such as starting a fight or engaging in unprotected sex
  • Continuing to use despite physical problems (e.g., blackouts, flashbacks, infections, injuries) or psychological problems (e.g., mood swings, depression, anxiety, delusions, and/or paranoia) the drug has caused
  • Legal troubles because of drug use, such as arrests for disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, or stealing to support drug habit
  • Refer the student to the Counseling Center (904-620-2602).
  • Contact the Dean of Students (904-620-1491) if they exhibit substance-induced behaviors in the classroom.

Educational Resources and Assessments:

Department of Health Promotion

Bldg. 61 Suite 1300

(904) 620-1570

 

Assessments: http://www.unf.edu/healthpromotion/

E-Chug

E-Chug is an alcohol assessment that will provide you with an accurate and personalized feedback about: 

  • Your individual drinking pattern
  • Your risk patterns
  • Your aspirations and goals
  • Helpful resources at the University and in your community

E-Toke

E-Toke is a marijuana assessment that will provide you with an accurate and personalized feedback about

  • Your individual drinking pattern
  • Your risk patterns
  • Your aspirations and goals
  • Helpful resources at the University and in your community