Carthage College recognizes that students often need education and assistance because a person significant to them is afflicted with chemical dependency, or because they require support in their own decisions not to use or abuse alcohol and/or other drugs. Since chemical dependency frequently precedes AODA, Carthage wishes to provide education and assistance to any student displaying the signs of such harmful involvement. Chemical dependency is a serious illness that can be successfully treated if identified early, if appropriate referral to community agencies is made, and if adequate support is afforded to those who are in the process of recovery.
Health Risks Associated with Abuse
Use of Drugs or controlled substances, except under professional supervision and prescription, and abuse of alcohol is dangerous. Drugs and alcohol abuse jeopardizes the well-being of the individual and the community. Decreased productivity and learning, serious health problems, breakdown of social relationships, and strain on personal and societal resources follow abuse.
Serious health risks are associated with the use of alcohol, including:
- Loss of muscle control, poor coordination, and slurred speech
- Fatigue, nausea, and headache
- Increased likelihood of accidents
- Impaired judgment
- Possible respiratory paralysis and death
Habitual heavy drinking can lead to:
- Damage to brain cells
- Increased risk of cirrhosis, ulcers, heart disease, heart attack, and cancers of the liver, mouth, throat, and stomach
- Personality disorders
Serious health risks are associated with the use of illegal drugs, including:
- Increased susceptibility to disease due to a less efficient immune system
- Increased likelihood of accidents
- Death by overdose
- Poor concentration
Resources for Alcohol and Drug Problems
The Health and Counseling Center offers programs for students on alcohol-related topics. These programs may be presented in classes, on residence hall floors, or for organizations. The content of these programs can be tailored for a particular group or audience. An example of a program is “Academics and Alcohol”, which examines school-related consequences of alcohol use such as missed study time, missed classes, and poor grades.
The Office of Student Life sponsors an alcohol education workshop for students. This workshop covers topics such as patterns of alcohol use, beliefs about alcohol use, and consequences of alcohol use. The Office of Student Life also has contracted with “AlcoholEdu” to provide an online alcohol education course.
ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT
The Health and Counseling Center provides informal assessments of alcohol concerns, and counseling is available for all students. Students seek counseling for a range of concerns including relationship problems, depression, and adjusting to changes in college. Students also discuss alcohol concerns in counseling, and it may play a role in any of the problems listed above.
Carthage College refers students to clinics in the Kenosha area for formal alcohol assessment and treatment. The Office of Student Life or the Health and Counseling Center can provide students with such information whenever needed or requested by students. Any member of the Carthage community concerned about their own substance abuse problem, or the substance abuse problem of someone close to them, may contact the Office of Student Life, an Office of Student Life staff member, or the Health and Counseling Center to be put in contact with an appropriate assessment and treatment resource.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS AND AL-ANON
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and Al-Anon (friends/family of alcoholics) hold weekly meetings near the Carthage Campus. Location meetings and times can be obtained online. For questions and/or the location of the meetings, students may call an off-campus number, 262-554-6611. Recovering members, not affiliated with the college, will respond to your inquiries and maintain your anonymity.
The Health and Counseling Center offers free brochures to students on topics related to alcohol and drugs, as well as a range of other physical and mental health topics. Any student may gain access to the online alcohol education course by making a request with the Office of Student Life.