Addiction Assessment and Resource Counseling
CAPS provides support for students who are reassessing their use of alcohol, drugs, and/or other activities which they are finding difficulty disengaging with and that are causing distress (e.g. excessive internet, gaming, and pornography usage). Services for addiction concerns include providing students individualized assessments to help them learn more about their substance usage and/or other addictive behaviors and the impact on their life. In addition, students can work with a counselor to help them build and maintain motivation to reduce their usage, set personal goals, gain strategies for leading a more balanced life, and feel supported as they explore choices that are right for them.
Initial Assessment Appointment
The initial assessment appointment is a 45-minute individual counseling session, which typically includes a clinical interview to gather information about the student’s history of alcohol, drug, and/or other addictive behaviors, as well as identifying any contextual factors contributing to the student’s experience. This helps in assessing the impact that the student’s usage is having on their overall functioning and their ability to meet their personal goals. Additionally, the counselor may provide a brief screening test such as the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) or the Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST) to determine the level of risk a student may have for abusing alcohol or other drugs.
Treatment Options at CAPS
Depending on the student’s needs and readiness for change, specific treatment recommendations are provided. Treatment options within CAPS include individual counseling and self-help resources as well as service to target co-occurring psychiatric issues such as anxiety and depression. Additionally, self-help resources may include videos and smartphone apps, and group counseling may be appropriate to address co-occurring issues. For needs that may be outside the scope of the agency’s services, the counselor may refer the student to a treatment program within or outside the community as appropriate. We also help students get connected with resources within and outside the campus community for additional support with recovery.
The links below provide various information on commonly abused substances among college students, including short- and long-term effects of risky or harmful use, binge drinking, information about different categories of drugs, drug slang names, and the stages of change.
- Bryan/College Station AA & Al-Anon
- Brazos Valley Counsel of Alcohol & Substance Abuse (BVCASA)
- MHMR Authority of Brazos Valley
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Alcoholics Anonymous Online Intergroup
For more information:
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- Foundation for a Drug Free World
- Resource Center for People with Substance Use Disorder, Families, and Addiction Professionals (Purdue University Global)