Whether working with students individually, or providing campus-wide programming, ATOD staff are committed to empowering Binghamton University students to make healthy lifestyle choices surrounding substance use. Through all programs and services, the ATOD staff strive to engage the community and build collaborations that will ensure a safe campus environment for all. The ATOD program is built on a foundation of evidence-based prevention and harm-reduction approaches that ask students to explore the how and why behind their behaviors, and give them the tools necessary to support their well-being.
Tools for Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention
The ATOD program at Binghamton University uses a multi-pronged approach to address drug and alcohol misuse by the campus community. Among the strategies employed by the ATOD office are:
- eCHECKUP TO GO: An evidence based online prevention tool used for indicated students who are referred to the ATOD Office by University professionals or who self-refer. Students can take the alcohol, cannabis, or tobacco assessment.
- Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS): An intervention for students who drink alcohol heavily or are at risk for alcohol-related problems. Students participate in a motivational interview designed to help them make better alcohol-use decisions by providing personalized feedback on their habits and situating them in the larger context of peer drinking norms.
- Cannabis Screening and Intervention for College Students (CASICS): An intervention for students who use marijuana heavily or are at risk for marijuana-related problems. Students participate in a motivational interview designed to help them make better marijuana-use decisions by providing personalized feedback on their habits and situating them in the larger context of peer drinking norms.
- Binghamton Campus and Community Coalition (BCCC): The ATOD office recognizes that addressing college student substance misuse requires buy-in from the local community. BCCC is a 25+ member community coalition that engages in collaborative partnerships to reduce high-risk substance use using a strategic prevention framework.
- Environmental Management: Through campus and community alliances, the ATOD staff focus on maintining an environment in which policies, programs, and physical spaces are aligned to limit access to, and the availability of, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
- Peer-to-Peer Engagement: Studies show that peers have an important influence on emerging adult substance use behaviors. In addition to training students to conduct peer-led interventions, the ATOD program is designed to facilitate meaningful dialogue among peers and to dispel myths about peer substance-use behaviors.
- Recovery Resources: The University Counseling Center (UCC) provides one-on-one services to students struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, as well as oversees the Campus Recovery Center (CRC). The CRC hosts regular meetings for students struggling with addiction who are looking for additional support in a safe and inclusive space.