Alcohol & Other Drug Resources
How to help a friend
Have you ever been worried about a friend’s substance use? You are not alone. And it’s not easy. The following tips can provide some ideas on how to express your concern to someone you care about.
- Start with “I”. Using an I statement to approach your loved one can help to prevent them from becoming defensive. “I care about your and I am really worried about your drinking.” ” I notice you’ve been drinking more than usual lately. What’s going on?”
- Gather resources. Before talking with your friend, gather campus and community resources so that you can help direct your friend to those if they are ready.
- Avoid “should”. Try to be non-judgmental and avoid telling them what they should or should not be doing. Don’t say this: “You should just quit drinking.”
- Focus on health and well-being rather than morality. Keep in mind that good people sometimes make unhealthy decisions.
- Ask questions. “How do you think your drinking might be affecting your well-being?”
- Find a private place to discuss your concerns.
- Let go. Realize that neither you, nor anyone else, can MAKE another person do anything, even if the situation appears dire.
- Support them. Let them know that you can help them get an appointment with mental health or substance use treatment professionals. But remember you can’t fix them.
- Consult the professionals. Health Promotion and Counseling Services can help you prepare for these tough conversations.
- Be sure you are both sober when you talk.
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- Campus Health Services includes medical, counseling, and behavioral health providers who are trained to assess substance use, provide non-judgmental feedback, and assist students in reducing their risk surrounding substance use.
- Health Promotion offers free screening programs and presentations throughout campus to help students assess their substance use. Visit the event calendar to find out when our next event is, or request a presentation for your group (NAU community only).
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Screening tools & calculators
- eCheckup to Go: Get personalized feedback about your drinking habits
- DrugScreening.org: Take this online drug use assessment to find out your risk level and get more information.
- The Virtual Bar: This website determines your BAC based on consumption patterns and risk reduction strategies and tells you how your night will go.
- Alcohol and Public Health: Learn about the impact of alcohol use on public health
- Drinking Levels Defined: What’s the difference between binge drinking and heavy drinking? Find out more.
- CollegeAIM (Alcohol Intervention Matrix): Information on how schools can address harmful and underage drinking.
- College Drinking Prevention: Statistics, fact sheets, and more.
- Prescription Drug Misuse: Overview of prescription drug misuse in the United Stated, including statistics and commonly used prescription drugs.
- Campus Drug Prevention: Resources to prevent drug abuse from the DEA.
NAU drug policies
NAU is a drug free school. NAU policy states that:
- The possession, presence, use, sale, manufacture, cultivation, or provision of any type of illegal drug (barbiturates, opiates, marijuana, amphetamines, hallucinogens, etc.), or aiding in the use of such are not permitted in University housing and are violations of the statutes of the State of Arizona (Department of Housing & Residence Life Standards of Residence, 1.03-1)
- The possession of drug paraphernalia (e.g., bongs, grinders, pipes, vaporizers, rolling papers, etc.) is not permitted in University housing and is a violation of the statutes of the State of Arizona (Department of Housing & Residence Life Standards of Residence, 1.03-3)
- The misuse of controlled substances, including prescription drugs, by residents is prohibited. Controlled substances must be issued in the name of the resident and stored in resident’s assigned room when not in the resident’s immediate possession (Department of Housing & Residence Life Standards of Residence, 1.03-4)
- Unauthorized use, sale, possession or distribution of any controlled substance or illegal drug or possession of drug paraphernalia that would violate the law is prohibited (Student Code of Conduct 5-308F.16)