Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA)
Western's AODA program is a counseling and information program available to students who are concerned about their drinking or use of other drugs, about a friend's use/abuse, or about drug or alcohol use in the family.
You are encouraged to contact our AODA specialist, Counseling Services, or use the resources below.
The following are just a few of the Western's efforts in the fight against drug and alcohol abuse:
- Alcohol and Drug Policy
- Student Alcohol and Drug Testing Policy to identify students on campus who are possibly under the influence and a possible threat to the safety of themselves or others
- Tobacco Free Policy
- Zero tolerance policy for alcohol and drugs in residence halls
- Western refers students who have received an underage drinking citation to the AODA Counselor for a discussion about responsible decision making.
Good Samaritan Practice
The Good Samaritan Practice is designed to prevent dangerously intoxicated students from having medical care withheld for fear of formal conduct action. All members of the College community are encouraged to seek immediate medical or security assistance for students whose health and well-being may be at risk due to over consumption of alcohol and/or drugs. Under the Good Samaritan Practice, neither the individual calling nor the student in need of assistance will be subject to formal College conduct action related to the alcohol and drug policy. The individuals involved may be asked to meet with a member of the Student Services staff, but no formal conduct action will be taken against the individuals unless the individuals involved demonstrate a repeated lack of care concerning their well-being and the well-being of the College community. If other infractions of College policy occur, such as but not limited to, property damage or assault, the Good Samaritan Practice does not apply.
Parental Notification Policy
The Vice President of College Relations and Student Services, the Dean of Students, and/or designee has the authority and reserves the right to notify parents or guardians when students have committed serious or repeated violations of university policies, local and/or state laws related to the drug and alcohol policy.
Operation River Watch
This is a tri-campus student initiative partnering with the La Crosse police to patrol the Mississippi River in downtown La Crosse on Thursday-Saturday evenings during the academic year. Student volunteers from all three campuses provide extra sets of eyes to support safety along the river front.
The Safe Ride bus offers a safe travel option between downtown and the three college campuses Thursday through Saturday nights. Students ride free with their Student ID.
A birthday card project where local businesses and colleges offer free or discounted food or services to help students safely celebrate their 21st birthdays without alcohol.
New Student Orientation
AODA Specialist provides a presentation on Western AODA policies and issues with a focus on alcohol. Presentation gives a general overview of alcohol facts and consequences and brings the message home by looking at college student drownings and talking about and challenging the “alcohol culture” within La Crosse and Wisconsin.
AODA Specialist will provide presentations for classes as request. The presentation can be tailored toward the need and interest of the class; however the standard presentation will focus on the La Crosse and Wisconsin alcohol culture with in-depth view and discussion of the river tragedies in La Crosse.
The Western AODA committee is made up of students, staff, and faculty who are working to increase student goal attainment by creating a culture that supports and encourages healthy lifestyle choices related to alcohol and other drugs through policy change, implementation of effective programs, and promotion of personal responsibility.
- Pre-Oktoberfest Program
- Alcohol Awareness Week
- Holiday Sampler
- Spring Break Safety and Awareness Program
- Alcohol Awareness Month Program
Tobacco Free Work Group
The work group’s objective is to educate staff, students, and visitors about Tobacco-Free policy. Promote cessation resources to those who want to quit and address concerns about second-hand smoke in high traffic areas.
Recovery and Support Resources
- Human Services Department – La Crosse County
- 608-784-HELP (785-4357) – A 24 hour crisis line that connects individuals to emergency resources
- Gundersen Health Systems Behavioral Health – Tomah, WI
- Gundersen Health Systems Behavioral Health – Viroqua, WI
- County Health Department – Monroe County
- Department of Human Services – Juneau County
- NAMILaCrosseCounty.org – A non-profit dedicated to not only improving the lives of individuals and mental illness but the entire family
- Area 75 – Alcoholics Anonymous in Southern Wisconsin
- Rave* Recovery Avenue – Emphasizing the power of self. Rave is an accepting place staffed by peers who are in mental health recovery.
- Coulee Council on Addictions (La Crosse) – Provides confidential assistance, information, education, and services to people of all ages dealing with substance abuse and other addictions
- Driftless Recovery Services – Provides compassionate and confidential therapy solutions, from individual and group therapy to outpatient care and intervention services
- Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center – Strives to bring exceptional behavioral health support to the community
- Tellurian, Inc. – A non-profit agency providing services relating to substance abuse, addictions and mental illness
- Innervisions Counseling & Consulting Center – Baraboo, WI – A client centered agency focused on exploring, expanding and developing client’s inner strengths in order to manage life’s challenges
- Al-Anon – 12-step support groups for family members of alcoholics
- Alcoholics Anonymous – 12-step support groups for people who want to quit drinking. These steps focus in part on the acceptance of powerlessness over the substance (or behavior), and on the idea of turning to a higher power for direction and support.
- Faces and Voices of Recovery – Advocacy for people in recovery
- Marijuana Anonymous – 12-step support groups for people who want to quit use of marijuana
- Narcotics Anonymous – 12-step support groups for people who want to quit drug use
- Self-Management and Recovery Training – Secular alternative to 12-step groups that focuses on distinguishing between rational and irrational thoughts and feelings. This approach does not refer to a higher power, does not use steps, and does not expect any particular number of meetings to attend.
- Recovery.org – Resource site about different aspects of addiction and recovery
Education and Prevention Resources
- Alcohol Screening – Generate personalized results based on your answers
- College Drinking – Resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
- Cocaine Anonymous World Services
- Physician's Desk Reference – Resource for information on prescription and non-prescription medicines
The Alcohol eCheckup-To-Go will provide you with feedback about your individual drinking patterns and risk patterns.