Substance & Alcohol Abuse Information & Resources

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.

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Quit Smoking.

Substance abuse resources.


Alcohol Abuse Resources:

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.

Substance abuse resources are available.

Speaker Meetings

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

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Tobacco Cessation:

  • An estimated 440,000 Americans die each year from diseases caused by smoking. Smoking is responsible for an estimated one in five U.S. deaths and costs the U.S. over $150 billion each year in health care costs and lost productivity.
  • Exposure of adults to secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and causes coronary heart disease and lung cancer.
  • Secondhand smoke exposure causes disease and premature death in children and adults who do not smoke.
  • GVSU Smoking Policy

 

Quit smoking today.

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.

Encompass 
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.

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Substance Abuse Prevention & Resources:

  • Prevention Management Reporting and Training System - provides substance abuse prevention resources, data collection, and reporting services.
  • Drug-Free Workplace - addressing substance abuse prevention in the workplace through comprehensive drug-free and health/wellness workplace programs.
  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders. Primary care centers, hospital emergency rooms, trauma centers, and other community settings provide opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users before more severe consequences occur.

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Substance abuse resources are available.