Fredonia C.A.R.E.S. [Choice | Acceptance | Responsibility | Experience | Success]
Fredonia CARES is a Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention (SAVP) initiative designed
to address alcohol and other drug (AOD) concerns on our campus. The program responds
to the individual needs of students who have been charged with a violation of the
Fredonia Alcohol and Drug Policy. Additionally, students who believe they might benefit
from examining their substance use may take part in an appropriate workshop. Students
will participate in a private and confidential consultation regarding their substance
use and will be referred to one of two unique, researched based, experiential workshops
focusing on self-assessment to help better understand the risks and impacts substance
use plays in one’s life; and/or individual counseling services. The program respects
an individuals’ values and personal choices regarding substance use, while recognizing
that with new information, time to process it, and support for change, most people
benefit from considering behavior change and exploring new beliefs.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Will the content of what I share during the AOD consultation be shared with my Resident
Director, Judicial Affairs, Student Affairs, or my parents? No. Your responses and
the content of your participation are part of your protected personal health information.
Your completion or failure to complete the entire Fredonia CARES process is the only
information released to Student Affairs. If you choose to have information provided
to a referral source, your parents, or anyone else, you must sign a consent for release
of specific information (contact the Counseling Center for the form).
- Will the referral to Fredonia CARES go on my academic transcript? No. Student Counseling
records are not a part of your Fredonia academic transcript. Information about your
participation can be released only with your signed consent. However, if you fail
to complete a referral to Fredonia CARES, Student Affairs has the option of putting
a hold on your registration.
- Once I finish a Fredonia CARES workshop, am I done with required activity? Yes. However,
Fredonia CARES facilitators may recommend attendance at additional individual or group
sessions at the Counseling Center or at an off-campus treatment facility.
- What do Fredonia students say about the Fredonia CARES workshops?"
- It helped me realize I don't need alcohol to have a good time." (Female, age 21)
- "It helped me to really look at the consequences of getting a 3rd strike and made
me realize I can still change some of my habits and reduce my risk substantially."
(Male, age 19)
- "It got me to see that although I am no addict, every once in a while I definitely
abuse alcohol and I want to stop that." (Female, age 19)
- "It gave me a different insight about my habits. I view my habits in a way I've never
done before." (Male, age 20)
- "I realized that I did have a problem and how to keep it under control. And it was
nice to know I wasn't in this on my own - people had similar problems." (Female, age
- "I was able to step back and see what exactly I was doing with drugs and alcohol.
Being able to see my faults gives me an opportunity to change them." (Male, age 21)
- "Thank you for this workshop. I feel like it really helped me realize where I'm at
and that I do need to make changes. Not only to keep out of trouble but just so I
don't become something I don't want to be." (Female, age 18)
On-line Alcohol Assessment
What is the e-CHUG?The e-CHUG (electronic Check-Up to Go) is an interactive web survey
that allows college and university students to enter information about their drinking
patterns and receive feedback about their use of alcohol/marijuana. The assessment
takes about 6-7 minutes to complete, is self-guided, and requires no face-to-face
contact time with a counselor or administrator.What does it do?When you access the
e-CHUG, you are prompted to enter information about yourself. In addition to demographic
information, it will ask you to enter information about your drinking habits, family
history, and to complete the World Health Organization's AUDIT.After all information
has been entered, you submit the form anonymously. The information you entered is
then validated and processed. The e-CHUG calculates a number of variables and compares
your responses to national and local college norms. Then, your personalized feedback
is displayed in an easy-to-read format.
Fredonia E-Chug Any student interested in evaluating their alcohol and/or marijuana use may use this
useful assessment and review the results independently and/or with a member of the
Counseling Center Staff.
Additional Support Services:
The Counseling Center provides a number of support services for those students dealing
with alcohol and other substance abuse issues. For more information on any of these
services please contact the Counseling Center.
Just the FactsMany college students believe that heavy, high-risk drinking is the
norm because this type of drinking is very visible and gets a lot of attention. However,
the majority of students at Fredonia drink moderately or not at all and make healthy
choices about drinking. The goal of this campaign is to provide you, the students,
with accurate information about student drinking on campus so that you can make decisions
about your own behaviors based on the facts.
New York Addiction Treatment Center Directory -Treatment4addiction.com provides information about alcohol and substance abuse treatment
centers throughout New York state. It is an online community where individuals can
ask questions to qualified clinicians and participate in forums and blogs.
Rethinking Drinking (NIAAA interactive self-help guide to responsible alcohol use)
How do we know the information is accurate?
A Health and Wellness Survey was conducted by the Student Counseling Services and
Student Health Services and administered to all different types of undergraduates
who uniformly represent students from the Fredonia community! This anonymous survey
was e-mailed to randomly selected Fredonia students during the Spring 2010 semester.
Research has shown that people responding to anonymous surveys tend to tell the truth
about their behaviors, regardless of how much or how little they drink. Social Norms
Theory states that our behavior is influenced by incorrect perceptions of how other
members of our social groups think and act. By educating students about the facts
on actual drinking behavior, they can better judge their own practices and adopt accurate
perceptions about others' drinking behavior.