If you or a loved one struggles with alcoholism, substance abuse, depression, or are just interested in quitting smoking, these resources below contain a wealth of information on how and where to get help. Please remember, you are not alone. There are many resources available to you, both on and off campus.
Alcohol and depression go hand in hand. Many people don't realize that alcohol is a depressant, and those with depression should not drink alcohol. Alcohol temporarily blunts the effects of stress hormones. It typically leaves you feeling worse than ever because it depresses the brain and nervous system. One study looked at people who consumed one drink a day. After three months abstinence, their scores on standard depression inventories improved.
Meetings open to students, faculty, staff, and community. Come and share your story of alcohol recovery or hear others share theirs. These meetings are great for those that aren't sure about Alcoholic's Anonymous meetings and who might want to try something different first.
For more information about screenings, Open Speaker Meetings, or information provided by ACES (Alcohol Campus Educational Services) please visit www.gvsu.edu/aces. If you are dealing with the struggle of alcoholism in your family, visit Al-Anon for understanding and encouragement.
For information on assessments or referrals, for yourself or a dependent, please contact Encompass at 1-800-788-8630 or www.encompass.us.com
Tobacco Cessation Product Options
As part of the new health care reform, tobacco use screenings and cessation interventions are available without your having to pay a co-payment or co-insurance. If you choose to use an over the counter (OTC) product such as a patch system or gum you can use your HSA account to cover the cost of these products.
Have a craving? Get help to stay on track, call 1-800-788-8630 to talk to a counselor right now! This is a free service for all benefit eligible faculty & staff members.