Substance Abuse Prevention and Help
The University’s Office of Human Resources offers many work-life and wellness trainings to help employees manage stress in healthy ways. Courses include “Resiliency: Bouncing Back After a Setback” and “Stress: A Way of Life or a Fact of Life.” A full list of courses is available in the Office of Human Resources training catalog and additional resources for employee wellness are listed on the events calendar.
For students, the University offers a full continuum of education, skill building and intervention supports, along with regular alcohol and drug free programming to encourage students to have fun safely. All incoming new students are expected to complete Part 1 of EverFi’s AlcoholEdu online module prior to arriving on campus. Once on campus, students can participate in Alcohol 101, a workshop designed to educate student organizations on the risks to self, others and community that are associated with alcohol use as well as effective harm reduction strategies if students choose to use alcohol. They can also engage with Carolina After Dark (CAD). CAD events all take place after 9 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and they must be alcohol free. Registered student groups can apply for CAD grants to support these events. More information about these programs can be found on the Student Wellness website.
UNC Police partners with the Department of Housing and Residential Education to offer “Alcohol Awareness”. This program brings information to students about the environment of alcohol consumption on a college campus. This program provides information on understanding the physiological effects of overconsumption, impaired driving and also provides students with the opportunity to explore the social norms that drive alcohol consumption in a college environment. UNC Police also offers Operation Medicine Drop. Utilizing partnerships with the SBI and Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, this program allows individuals to drop off expired or unnecessary medications with UNC Police for proper disposal on a “no questions asked” basis.
There is help available for those who seek it. Student Wellness provides Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) on a referral basis for students who violate the student alcohol policy or on a self-referral basis, for any student who may be questioning their alcohol use patterns. Additionally, Student Wellness provides clinical support for students questioning or concerned about their or another’s substance use, including referral and case management assistance to students and their families seeking substance abuse counselors, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) and Inpatient Treatment Programs. Student Wellness also offers mentorship and social support for students in recovery from substance abuse through the Carolina Recovery Community.
- Counseling and Psychological Services (919-966-3658): offers clinical assessments, brief counseling and referrals for students seeking help for substance abuse problems.
- UNC Health Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (919-966-6039): offers clinical assessments, comprehensive DUI services, intensive outpatient counseling and group support.
The University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) (877-314-5841, 24 hours a day): provides assessment, referrals and online EAP resources for employees and their family members.
Local community mental health agencies and personal physicians can identify treatment resources, and information and assistance are also available from local chapters of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.