Student Wellness Services

SE Drug and Alcohol Education

For the most current community resource list for drugs and alcohol click here. Southeastern Oklahoma State University believes that student success and achievement requires vigilance and effort on the part of the University to promote healthy living and learning. We affirm that we have a role in promoting an environment conducive to education and that actively discourages drug and alcohol abuse. We commit to prevention, developmental student conduct, and effective intervention for students at risk for these behaviors. The Drug Free Schools and Campuses Regulations (34 CFR Part 86) of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) require an institution of higher education (HE) to certify it has adopted and implemented programs to prevent the abuse of alcohol and use or distribution of illicit drugs both by students and employees, both on campus and as part of any institutional activities.  To explore the relevant institutional standards of conduct and sanctions, state and federal laws, health risks associated with alcohol and drug abuse, and programs in our community and the surrounding community that can assist you please review the links below: 2018-2019: 2017-2018: 2016-2017: 2015-2016:   addiction Mental illness and substance use disorders can have a powerful effect on the health of individuals, their families, and their communities. In 2012, an estimated 9.6 million adults aged 18 and older in the United States had a serious mental illness, and 2.2 million youth aged 12 to 17 had a major depressive episode during the past year. In 2012, an estimated 23.1 million Americans aged 12 and older needed treatment for substance use. These disorders are among the top conditions that cause disability and carry a high burden of disease in the United States, resulting in significant costs to families, employers, and publicly funded health systems. By 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide. In addition, drug and alcohol use can lead to other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Addressing the impact of substance use alone is estimated to cost Americans more than $600 billion each year. Preventing mental and/or substance use disorders and related problems in children, adolescents, and young adults is critical to Americans’ behavioral and physical health. Behaviors and symptoms that signal the development of a behavioral disorder often manifest two to four years before a disorder is present. In addition, people with a mental health issue are more likely to use alcohol or drugs than those not affected by a mental illness. If communities and families can intervene early, behavioral health disorders might be prevented, or symptoms can be mitigated. Data have shown that early intervention following the first episode of a serious mental illness can make an impact. Coordinated, specialized services offered during or shortly after the first episode of psychosis are effective for improving clinical and functional outcomes. WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT A FRIEND OR LOVED ONE Start by recognizing that helping someone with an alcohol or other drug problem is a difficult and often frustrating task. You won’t win any popularity contests when you bring up this subject. Take strength from the hope that, once into recovery, this person will recognize that you helped to save his or her life. Learn the basic facts about alcohol and other drugs, substance abuse, chemical dependency, and how it affects others. Allow the person to accept responsibility for his/her own behavior. Don’t cover up for the person or make excuses for the person’s behavior. What might appear to be “helping out” will only make it more difficult for your friend or family member to recognize that help is needed. Communicate your concerns to the person in a caring, non-judgmental way. Your message should be “I care about you as a person.” Some suggestions for you to say: • “I can’t ignore this because you are my friend and you are important to me.” • “It scares me when you drink or use drugs and you can’t remember things you’ve said or done.” • “Last week you drove home drunk and that scared me.” Discuss your concerns with a professional. Ask about setting up a crisis or family intervention. This is a caring, non-judgmental way to help your friend or family member recognize that there is a problem. Avoid any attempt to set limits for or directly control your friend or family member’s use of alcohol and other drugs. Efforts of this type will very likely fail causing frustration, anger, and hopelessness for all involved. The focus of any attempts to address this situation with the problem user should be to help that person access some form of counseling or treatment. By speaking to a counselor and/or attending Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, ACOA, or Co-Dependents Anonymous meetings you will get the support and understanding you need to cope with the feelings of anger, depression, and frustration that accompany being closely involved with a problem user.