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Alcohol and Drug Counseling and Treatment Resources

Baylor University is committed to educating the entire campus community in the areas of alcohol and other drug use. The Health Education and Wellness Office coordinates education and resources on substance use and abuse. As a special division of the Health Education and Wellness Office, Student Outreach is devoted to providing programs, networking resources, support groups, and providing a referral service regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs. If students have questions concerning the health risks associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs, they are encouraged to contact the Health Education and Wellness Office at 710-3520 or 710-2461. In addition, the Baylor University Health and Counseling Services can provide the following services for students seeking help for their substance abuse problems:
• assessment
• referral
• individual therapy
• group therapy
• psychoeducational groups

Students may obtain these services on a confidential basis by calling the Counseling Services at 710-2467 for an appointment.

Every student should read and become familiar with the policies on alcohol and other drugs that are discussed in the Baylor University Student Handbook. In addition, more information is available on the health risks associated with drugs in the Student Outreach Office. If you have any questions concerning regulations or health risks associated with alcohol and other drugs, please contact the following offices:
• Counseling Services: 710-2467
• Dean for Student Services and Development: 710-1715
• Dean for Student Campus Life: 710-1761
• Health Center: 710-2461
• Health Education and Wellness: 710-3520
• Vice President for Student Life: 710-1314

Employees should refer to "Drug-Free Workplace, BU-PP-030", "Drug-Free Workplace Form, BU-PP-030A", "Drug-Free Workplace - Legal Sanctions, BU-PP-030B" and in the Baylor University Personnel Policy Manual. The following is a description of several drugs and their associated health risks.

Alcohol

Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident. Low to moderate doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person's ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described.

Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and liver.

Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than other youngsters of becoming alcoholics.

Other Drugs

Narcotics such as opium, morphine, and heroin can cause euphoria, drowsiness, respiratory depression, constricted pupils, and nausea. The symptoms of an overdose of narcotics are slow and shallow breathing, clammy skin, convulsions, coma, and possible death. Persons experiencing withdrawal from addiction to narcotics can experience watery eyes, runny nose, yawning, loss of appetite, irritability, tremors, panic, cramps, nausea, chills, and sweating.

Depressants such as barbiturates and quaaludes can cause slurred speech, disorientation, and drunken behavior. An overdose of a depressant results in shallow respiration, clammy skin, dilated pupils, weak and rapid pulse, coma, and possible death. Withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, insomnia, tremors, delirium, convulsions, and possible death.

Stimulants such as cocaine and crack can cause increased alertness of euphoria, and increased pulse rate and blood pressure, insomnia, and loss of appetite. An overdose of stimulants results in agitation, and increase in body temperature, hallucinations, convulsions, and possible death. Withdrawal symptoms include apathy, long periods of sleep, irritability, depression, and/or disorientation.

Hallucinogens such as LSD and amphetamines cause illusions and hallucinations and poor perception of time and distance. The effects of an overdose include psychosis and possible death.

Marijuana and hashish can cause euphoria, increased appetite, relaxed inhibitions, and disoriented behavior. The effects of an overdose include fatigue, paranoia, and possible psychosis. Withdrawal symptoms include insomnia, hyperactivity, and decreased appetite.

Prescription Drugs

These drugs are not illicit if they are used in accordance with a physician's prescription. However, sharing prescription medication with someone else is illegal and could be very harmful.