Video from panel at 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.
The services of the office 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 and brochures on various topics including: Adult Children of Alcoholics, Marijuana, Alcohol, Prescription Drugs, and Smoking. Self help books are available on a weekly loan basis
- 12 step books and access to 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.
Alcohol & Other Drug Counseling and Services
Psychological and Counseling Center (PCC) provides a certified substance abuse therapist, who can help students enter a treatment facility, prepare to return to campus from rehabilitation, 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.
Vanderbilt Medical Center
Most medical insurance will cover some cost, but always check your policy. The substance abuse therapist at PCC can assess and refer to this treatment program or a treatment program near home.
There are several meetings within walking distance to Vanderbilt. The Friendship House is the AA meeting house (within .5 miles of campus) and is open Sunday – Wednesday 8am-10pm, Thursday 8am-11pm, and Friday/Saturday 8am-Midnight.
VU Alcohol Policy
Vanderbilt’s Alcohol Policy is included in the Vanderbillt Student Handbook.
- Parents Notification, Inter-Association Task Force on Alcohol & Other Substance Abuse Issues
- American Council for Drug Education
- Higher Education Center for Alcohol & Drug Prevention;
- American Medical Association
- Facts on Tap – great information and brochures aimed at college students