Alcohol and Other Drugs

Alcohol and Other Drugs

The Student Wellness Resource Center prides itself on having the greatest opportunity to meet students where they are and provide resources for the context in which we meet them. When it comes to alcohol and other drugs, we approach our work from a harm-reduction lens, providing education, resources, referrals and experiences that allow each individual to make the best choice for them in regard to use. We do challenge and support the students in knowing Washington State law and Gonzaga University policies regarding alcohol and drug use and the consequences associated. Below are programs interventions and campus wide strategies to address this important issue on our campus. 

CHOICES: A Brief Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

The mission of the CHOICES program is to educate college students about the effects of alcohol on their behavior, to promote self-evaluation of drinking patterns and to facilitate the acquisition of effective coping strategies so that students can make informed decisions and reduce their alcohol-related risk and harm. While it is important to acknowledge that any underage alcohol use is illegal, it is equally important to provide young people with accurate information and strategies for reducing their risk if they choose to drink alcohol. Research suggests that harm reduction approach to prevent college alcohol abuse can reduce both drinking rates and alcohol-related harmful consequences. The CHOICES curriculum is built upon over 20 years of research funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). 

CHOICES is a brief alcohol abuse prevention and harm reduction program for college students to help them make informed choices about alcohol consumption. This unique program provides specific strategies and information to give students the opportunity to reflect on facts, risks and norms associated with alcohol. Presented in a 90 minute workshop, a facilitator guides the group through journal workbook that challenges each individual to discover for themselves that their "expectancies" may not match their actual experiences with drinking and that the consequences of excessive alcohol use may be incompatible with many of their academic and social goals, as well as future desires. 

This prevention program is facilitated for all new undergraduate students coming to Gonzaga University (freshman, transfer and international students) in the first four weeks of the fall term.  

BASICS: Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students

BASICS is an evidence-based intervention approach specifically designed for college students to prevent/reduce high-risk drinking and negative consequences. Students often conform to patterns of heavy drinking they see as acceptable, while holding false beliefs about alcohol's effects or actual alcohol-use norms. BASICS is designed to help students make better decisions about using alcohol. The program's style is empathic, rather than confrontational or judgmental. It aims to 1) reduce alcohol consumption and its adverse consequences, 2) promote healthier choices among young adults, and 3) provide important information and coping skills for reducing risk. Developed at University of Washington , Addictive Behaviors Research Center, BASICS is a recognized model program through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Registry of Evidence-based Program and Practices, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Students will engage in self-reflective process where they will independently choose to change high-risk alcohol use behaviors using information provided about alcohol, associated risks with excessive drinking and alternative coping strategies. 

At Gonzaga University, BASICS is facilitated in two group sessions (6-8 participants). Typically students who are sanctioned for an alcohol violation are required to attend these sessions, which are facilitated throughout the academic year. 

IMPACT: Discovering the impact use is having on an individual, their community & their future.

Students will engage in one-on-one conversation with a SWRC professional (1-3 sessions) in regard to the impact alcohol is having on their life, the impact that is having on their community, and the impact alcohol is having/ can have on their future. Through a motivational interviewing conversation and additional self-reflection, participants will assess their high-risk alcohol use behaviors, associated risks with excessive drinking and alternative coping strategies. 

Good Neighbor Workshop:

The Good Neighbor Program at Gonzaga University is a workshop to address off-campus conduct behavior and improve neighborhood relations. The program educates Gonzaga students on the importance of being good neighbors in the Logan Neighborhood as well as providing some tools to help them do so. The workshop helps students see how their behavior impacts long-term residents and the community through reflection of key stakeholders. The workshop also provides students the opportunity to review Gonzaga policies, codes and expectations, as well as Washington State law and codes. Lastly, the workshop allows the students to reflect and develop a "party smart" plan for future gatherings to be legal, responsible and have minimal impact on the community.