Adult Children of Alcoholics

Adult Children of Alcoholics is an anonymous Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of women and men who grew up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional home. We meet with each other in a mutually respectful, safe environment and acknowledge our common experiences. We discover how childhood affected us in the past and influences us in the present. We take positive action. By practicing the Twelve Steps, focusing on The Solution, and accepting a loving Higher Power of our understanding, we find freedom from the past and a way to improve our lives today.

It is for those individuals who feel that their lives have been affected another individual's alcohol and/or drug problem and are seeking support from their peers. It is an open meeting and all are welcome to attend.

Adult Children of Alcoholics Meetings are on Wednesday every week from 8:30-9:30 p.m. at 711 Michigan Ave (the white house next to Wesley).

Any questions? Please don't hesitate to contact Amanda Bode at or call 629-0236.

Students For Recovery

Students For Recovery is a balanced program that helps Albion College students overcome their hurts, hang-ups, and habits. It is a 12 step based support group designed to help those struggling with mental health or substance misuse problems.

Students For Recovery meets weekly on Wednesdays at 711 Michigan Ave. (the white house next to Wesley) from 8 - 9 p.m when classes are in session. It is an open meeting and all are welcome to attend.

Connect with us on social media to stay up to date with events and meetings!

Follow @BritonRecovery on twitter and Like us on Facebook or on Instagram!

Any questions? Please don't hesitate to contact Amanda Bode at or call 517/629-0236.

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.

Alcohol and Drug Resources

Fact Sheets

Alcohol Education/Prevention


Internet Resources

Federal Government Agencies and National Organizations

Michigan Organizations

Confidentiality and E-mail Policy


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.

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