Health and Wellness
Alcohol and Drug Prevention Program
The Alcohol and Drug (AOD) Prevention Program at Northeast Community College utilizes a comprehensive approach to address alcohol and other drug-related problems. We encourage the college community to join with us through task forces and coalitions to employ multiple strategies including:
- providing education
- banning alcohol and alcohol advertisement on campus
- changing the normative environment
- promoting alcohol-free social options
- developing alcohol policies and increasing the consistency of enforcement
- reducing the marketing of alcohol
- conducting early intervention
- providing treatment referrals
In order to be effective in our approach we value the following key components of effective prevention: assessment and evaluation, strategic planning, media advocacy and publicity of efforts, senior administrative support, student involvement, and building relationships with key stakeholders.
The following programs and services have been implemented as part of our comprehensive approach to reducing the illegal and high-risk use of alcohol and other drugs and its related consequences.
- Providing students with accurate and current information about alcohol and other drug-related issues via The College Alcohol Profile (CAP), educational programs, and various resource materials.
- Increasing the number of alcohol-free, social events offered on campus.
- Utilizing CHOICES and the CAP, an educational program and screening designed to meet the needs of students who have made high-risk choices. The CHOICES program is a brief alcohol abuse prevention and harm reduction program for college students involving interactive journaling. Throughout the course students are presented with information and then they are able to reflect on what they have learned as it relates to their choices about drinking in their personal journals. The CHOICES program is presented in a non-confrontational manner that enables students to make their own decisions about alcohol consumption.
- College-wide collaboration among various departments throughout the college such as Counseling Services, Faculty, Health Services, Residential Life, etc. to increase the effectiveness of educational and prevention programs across campus. As well as providing training to Residential Life Staff, Resident and Student Assistants, and other student leaders.
- Faculty and Staff: The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at Northeast Community College is available to all faculty and staff and their immediate family members in need of information and/or assistance with any personal concerns, including alcohol or drug-related problems. The EAP provides confidential, free, professional, short-term counseling, assessment and referral.
- Actively involving members of the Northeast community and members of the local area community in prevention efforts, through a campus task force and a campus and community coalition.
- Northeast Community College is a member of The Nebraska Collegiate Consortium to Reduce High-Risk Drinking.
Despite current educational and prevention efforts, some students make high-risk choices around alcohol and other drug use. Students may refer themselves to the counseling office, may be referred by another member of the Northeast community, or may be mandated to the counseling office by violating the campus substance abuse policy.