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Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol/Drug Abuse

Substance Use Disorders (as summarized from DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria)

Dependence- recurrent substance use resulting in at least 3 of the following symptoms in a 12-month period:

  1. Tolerance- a need for increased amounts of a substance to achieve desired effect OR significant decrease in effect using the same amount.
  2. Withdrawal- as shown by the specific symptoms characteristic of a particular substance OR using a substance to avoid or relieve the particular withdrawal symptoms.
  3. The substance is taken in larger amounts or over longer periods of time.
  4. Persistent desire to control the substance use is unsuccessful.
  5. Considerable time is spent associated with the substance, i.e. obtaining, using, etc.
  6. Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are reduced or avoided.
  7. Continued use despite knowledge of having recurrent physical or psychological problems caused by the substance, i.e. depression or ulcer.

Abuse- recurrent substance use resulting in significant impairment or distress expressed by 1 or more of the following in a 12-month period (and the symptoms have never met the criteria for dependence).

  1. Failure to meet obligations at work, school, or home, i.e. repeated absences, expulsion, etc.
  2. Using in hazardous conditions, i.e. while driving.
  3. Legal problems, i.e. arrests.
  4. Continued use despite creation or exacerbation of social or interpersonal problems.

Confidentiality and E-mail Policy

Confidentiality

The Intervention and Prevention Program and Counseling Services maintain records as regulated by the State of Michigan Mental Health Code. Maintenance of records is in accordance with professional, legal, and ethical guidelines. Other than authorized CS staff, no one has access to those records unless students release them in writing. They do not become part of academic files, and even the fact that students have come to the CS is not divulged to anyone without their permission. Your conversations with your counselor, your records, and the results of psychological tests are treated strictly confidential within CS. If you want any of this information shared with any person outside of CS, you must sign a release of information allowing us to do so. Since your Counseling Services records are not part of your academic or administrative records, they are only available to you and the CS staff.

There are some exceptions to this policy of which you should be aware. Counselors may have to disclose information if there is a danger that you may harm yourself or another person. Counselors are also required by law to report suspected abuse or neglect of vulnerable persons, including children and the elderly. Records may have to be released if they are subpoenaed in a court of law. If students have any questions about these policies, they should discuss them with the Director of Counseling Services.

E-Mail Policy

We welcome your interest and contact. We also value your privacy. Please consider the following information prior to sending us e-mail:

E-mail is not an appropriate medium for individual questions regarding personal counseling. It is most appropriate for requesting general information regarding services, resources, or other campus information. Our staff does not respond to inquiries from our clients regarding specific counseling issues. Confidentiality is essential to the counseling process and cannot be assured with e-mail. We cannot guarantee that the contents of an e-mail message will remain confidential. While we will do our best to keep your communication private, e-mail usage can be monitored and others may read the content of your personal messages.

Staff access to e-mail is also limited to Counseling Services work hours. There is no expectation that CS staff will check e-mail after hours. Also, you have no way of knowing if a specific staff member is unavailable due to illness, vacation, or other reasons. This means that your message may not be read immediately. E-mail should never be used for urgent communication of any sort. If time is of particular concern for you, please always call the CS office.

My Student Body.com

In order to better assist students who want to know more about alcohol and other drug use, Albion College has purchased services provided by the website, www.mystudentbody.com. The services and information are CONFIDENTIAL for the users and will provide you with feedback regarding (1) your beliefs about alcohol and other drugs; (2) your personal risks surrounding the use of alcohol and other drugs; (3) your lifestyle in relationship to alcohol and other drug use; (4) the potential consequences, if any, of continuing to maintain your current pattern of behaviors. Additionally, the information offered is related to college student research so that it is useful and helpful for people like you. Skill-building strategies for responsible drinking are provided to guide you in managing your use of alcohol.

Access Directions

  • Go to www.mystudentbody.com
  • Click on unregistered user
  • A reminder that your registration is confidential and the information that you provide in the assessments, other comments and inquiries that you make cannot be accessed by anyone else.
  • For School Code, you will enter: BRITONS
  • For User Name, you will create your own unique name
  • For Password, you will also create your own unique password

After completing this process, you will have access to all the features of www.mystudentbody.com.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, stop by the reception desk for CS located at 616 Michigan Avenue. If this is not possible, you may call 629-0236 to schedule an appointment on the telephone.

If you have any special needs or if you have difficulty accessing services at the Counseling Services Office, please give us a call and we will make arrangements to meet with you at another location on campus.

You will be asked to complete a confidential intake form (below) and then you will be scheduled for an initial assessment interview.

During this first session, you and your counselor will determine how to best meet your individual needs. Counseling assignments are made on the basis of the immediacy of need and service availability. When a student must be seen immediately, his/her assignment to a counselor is given priority. The availability of counseling services is somewhat limited. This means there may be a wait before you begin regular counseling sessions. If you have any questions about your counselor, please discuss them during your assessment session.

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