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Video from panel during Family Weekend:

What Parents Need to Know about Substance Abuse at Vanderbilt
This panel-style presentation discusses the potential impact of substance use on young adult development and provides information about programming, campus policies, and support resources related to substance use. The panel also addresses the critical ways parents can contribute to their child’s decision-making around these issues. Panelists include the director of the Psychological and Counseling Center, the senior director of Residential Education, the coordinator for Wellness Programs & Alcohol Education, and two undergraduate student leaders.

Substance Use Panel from Parent Weekend

The services of Wellness Programs & Alcohol Education include:

  • Vanderbilt Recovery Support for students
  • Contact for AlcoholEdu, an online educational program required for first year and transfer students
  • A walk-in resource room with books, brochures and current files on the latest research and realistic alcohol and drug information
  • Assistance in class assignments, papers or projects
  • Current statistics on college drinking and drug use
  • Self help books available on loan basis
  • 12 step books and local meeting schedule
  • Scheduling presentations for residence halls, classrooms or student organizations
  • Host Responsibility Training
  • Support for students living a substance-free lifestyle, moderate drinkers, students who are interested in learning strategies to minimize alcohol consumption, students in the contemplation stage of their alcohol/other drug consumption, and those students that are actively in recovery from alcohol and other drug use.
  • Co-sponsorship opportunities with student organizations or departments

The Office will keep conversations private, except in cases defined by law where further assistance is required: harm to self or others.

Alcohol & Other Drug Counseling Services

Psychological and Counseling Center (PCC) provides a certified substance abuse therapist, who can help students enter treatment, prepare to return to campus and/or develop relapse prevention plans.  Contact Dorothy Gager for more information.  PCC also provides long-term counseling/therapy.  Cost of services is covered in the undergraduate and graduate students activities fees.

Office of Religious Life Students can access counseling through their respective campus ministries or the chaplain and assistant chaplain of the university. No fee involved.

12-Step Program
Several meetings are within walking distance of Vanderbilt.

VU Alcohol Policy

Vanderbilt’s Alcohol Policy is included in the Vanderbillt Student Handbook.

Tennessee Law Info