Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment
An assessment is a series of one-on-one sessions with an alcohol and drug specialist, who will evaluate the nature of any problems a student is having with alcohol or drugs. The assessment gets the student involved through discussion of biological, psychological, and social factors affecting alcohol and other drug use and abuse. The counselor can then make recommendations for further treatment, if necessary and appropriate.
Personalized Treatment Plans
A personalized treatment plan for alcohol and other drugs may include individual or group counseling, or a combination of both. Counselors will work collaboratively with students to identify their readiness to make changes in their alcohol and drug use. In addition, counselors will help students identify healthier coping strategies to replace the use of alcohol and drugs. Students and counselors work toward the goal of lowering health risks by disengaging from harmful behaviors. Group treatment can help students know that they are not alone in their struggles with alcohol and drug abuse. It is a setting for giving and receiving support and feedback about what skills and tools have been effective.
AOD Assessments for Judicial Purposes
UHS does not conduct AOD (Alcohol and Other Drug) assessments or provide AOD counseling for the judicial system (pretrial hearings, OWI, etc.). If a student needs (or may need) to document an AOD assessment, counseling, or other service for court-related purposes, then our staff can provide the student with a list of appropriate referral options.
The following community providers do perform AOD assessments for judicial purposes:
- Connections Counseling
- Mental Health Center of Dane County
- Tellurian UCAN