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UHC Spotlight: Substance Abuse Prevention

Substance Abuse PreventionHave the negative consequences of your substance use begun to outweigh the positives?

“The University Health Center works to increase knowledge and awareness of alcohol and other drug issues, and decrease the negative consequences associated with high-risk drinking and illegal drug use,” said UHC Associate Director of Substance Abuse Prevention Amy Sirocky-Meck.

The UHC leads the campus campaign Your Call, a series of alcohol management strategies and advises student orgs SafeRides and G.A.M.M.A. SafeRides is a student-run, non-profit organization working to prevent drunk driving by educating the JMU community and providing free rides home for students on Friday and Saturday nights (call 540-568-7433, 10pm-3am). G.A.M.M.A. (Greeks Advocating Mature Management of Alcohol) works to promote inter-Greek collaboration regarding the mature management of alcohol.

The UHC also coordinates the Campus Coalition on Alcohol Abuse (CCAA) and Dukes Step Up! The CCAA is a coalition of students, faculty, and staff that considers effective ways to promote short and long-term programs and environmental changes that minimize underage drinking and negative consequences among students, and funding for efforts that align with its mission. Dukes Step Up! is a marketing campaign and skills training initiative to engage and equip students to be active bystanders in our community.

The UHC provides non-judgmental, early-intervention programs to help students evaluate their alcohol (BASICS) and marijuana (High Expectations) use expectancies. These are confidential, non-abstinence based, non-treatment programs consisting of two, 50-minute interview sessions that use self-assessment of substance use, behavior, and potential risks, and then helps students identify potential changes to reduce future substance-related negative consequences.

The UHC also hosts Dukes in Recovery, a weekly, student-led, non-critical, anonymous, non-AA nor NA-affiliated program that provides a support network for JMU students recovering from alcoholism and/or substance addiction. Meetings are Mondays at 8:00 p.m. in Montpelier Hall, Fifth Floor Conference Room 512C.

The University Health Center's Substance Abuse Prevention (SAP) office is located on the fifth floor of Montpelier Hall (235 Cantrell Ave, 22807). Contact SAP at or 540-568-3317 for more information.



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