Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD)

The Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) program is committed to reducing the negative impact associated with substance use, while cultivating an environment in which MSU students can flourish personally, civically and academically. The services are guided by a belief that students are capable of making wise, well-informed decisions about alcohol and drugs when provided the information, education, and support necessary to do so.

Alcohol & Other Drugs Education and Referral

The Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Health Promotion staff offers educational sessions for students concerned about their own alcohol and other drug use or that of a friend or family member.

  • Concerned about your use?

    For more information on evaluating your own substance use habits, visit our Concerned About Your Use page.

    Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) program offerings:

    • The Duck Campaign
    • Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO
    • Marijuana eCHECKUP TO GO
    • Party Smart
    • Collegiate Recovery Community
    • Responsible Hospitality Council
    • Spartan Smart Class
  • Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO

    Most MSU students will not experience any harm due to their alcohol use, either because they consume alcohol moderately and take steps to protect themselves from harm, or because they do not drink at all. However, because the abuse of alcohol is so strongly correlated with many of the most serious personal traumas, disappointments, and failures students experience at college, it is critical for the success, health, and vitality of our entire campus that every student is able to thoughtfully monitor drinking patterns, identify significant risk factors, and be familiar with the resources and help available on campus and in our community. Using the Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO is an important first step in that process.

    What is the Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO? 

    The Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO is a brief, anonymous and confidential, interactive assessment tool that provides students with individualized feedback regarding their alcohol use that helps to identify any risk of harm associated with use. This tool was developed by San Diego State University and is currently used by nearly 400 colleges and universities across 42 states, as well as in Canada and Australia. This tool is free to MSU students with no limit on how many times the assessment can be taken, allowing for tracking alcohol use over a period of time. 

    How does it work?

    When accessing eCHECKUP TO GO, you will be prompted to enter information about yourself. In addition to demographic information, it will ask you to enter information about your drinking habits, family history of alcohol use, and perception of alcohol use by your peers. After all the information has been entered, this tool calculates a number of variables and compares your response to assessment thresholds and national and local college norms. You are then provided with personalized feedback in an easy-to-read, printable format, with links to additional information to help you better understand your feedback and how your answers were interpreted. 

    How do I use eCHECKUP TO GO? 

    To use eCHECKUP TO GO, click on the link below and follow the instructions. If you have not previously used this tool, you will be assigned an ID number. Please record this number for later use to allow you to log back into the system and to track your responses over time. This ID number will also be displayed on the final print out of your personalized feedback form. If you have previously used this tool, you will be prompted to enter your eCHECKUP TO GO ID number to get started. If you do not recall your ID number, you can still use the tool, but it will not recognize you or your previous responses, as the system does not track user’s responses through any other mechanism.

    IMPORTANT!

    Once you have completed the assessment and have reviewed your personal feedback, you will be prompted to enter your name, email, and fill out an Electronic Verification of Completion form. If you are an MSU freshman and have been directed by the University to complete the eCHECKUP TO GO, please make sure you enter this information accurately as it is the only way MSU has of confirming that you have completed the assessment. The identifying information you submit is separated from your assessment responses and profile so that the University will only receive confirmation that you completed the assessment. The University will not under any circumstances have access to your results. If you are not an MSU freshman, you may skip the prompt for your name and email.

    How will the results be used? 

    eCHECKUP TO GO is intended to be a confidential, self-assessment tool to promote individual awareness and increase personal knowledge. Therefore, the results of your assessment are for your use and for your eyes only. San Diego State University will provide anonymous, aggregate data upon request by MSU, to be used to help guide educational efforts pertaining to the needs and the interests of the student body. 

    How is this valuable to non-drinkers and low-risk drinkers?

    While there is a good portion of students on this campus who either do not drink or drink very infrequently, most students will at some point know someone, (a classmate, friend, family member), who drinks at levels that cause them concern. eCHECKUP TO GO will provide some basic knowledge about alcohol and help all students identify risk factors and patterns that lead to dangerous and destructive drinking. It also provides a listing of local and campus resources available to individuals who may have an alcohol and/or drug problem. Knowing this information can strengthen a person's ability to help friends when they need help and make the MSU campus a safe and fun place to live, work, and play.

    A Note of Thanks

    Taking good care of ourselves and helping our friends are actions we know to strengthen and bring vitality to our Michigan State University campus community. Thank you for completing this program. Your commitment to become knowledgeable, compassionate, and constructive members of the Spartan community is very much appreciated.

     

  • Marijuana eCHECKUP TO GO

    What is the Marijuana eCHECKUP TO GO? 

    The Marijuana eCheckUpToGo is an anonymous and confidential marijuana-specific brief assessment and feedback tool designed to assess marijuana use among college students. The assessment takes about 10-15 minutes to complete, is self-guided, and requires no face-to-face contact time with a counselor or administrator.

    How does it work? 

    When you access the Marijuana e-CheckUp To Go, you will be prompted to enter some basic information about yourself. In addition to demographic information, you will enter information about your use of marijuana, spending patterns, and lifestyle. After all the information has been entered, you will submit the form and the information you entered will be validated and then processed. The tool calculates a number of variables and compares your responses to national and local college norms. Then, that information is displayed in an easy-to-read format.

    How do I use it? 

    To use eCHECKUP TO GO, click on the link below and follow the instructions. If you have not previously used this tool, you will be assigned an ID number. Please record this number for later use to allow you to log back into the system and to track your responses over time. This ID number will also be displayed on the final print out of your personalized feedback form. If you have previously used this tool, you will be prompted to enter your eCHECKUP TO GO ID number to get started. If you do not recall your ID number, you can still use the tool, but it will not recognize you or your previous responses, as the system does not track user’s responses through any other mechanism.

    How will the results be used? 

    eCHECKUP TO GO is intended to be a confidential, self-assessment tool to promote individual awareness and increase personal knowledge. Therefore, the results of your assessment are for your use and for your eyes only. San Diego State University will provide anonymous, aggregate data upon request by MSU, to be used to help guide educational efforts pertaining to the needs and the interests of the student body. 

    A Note of Thanks

    Taking good care of ourselves and helping our friends are actions we know to strengthen and bring vitality to our Michigan State University campus community. Thank you for completing this program. Your commitment to become knowledgeable, compassionate and constructive members of the Spartan community is very much appreciated.

  • AOD Education & Community Engagement

    Individual Consultation and Educational Counseling

    The AOD specialist will provide brief, individualized educational intervention, referral services to students who are concerned about their alcohol or drug use. There is no cost for this service and it does not count towards the student's 3 free visits to Olin Health Center. The specialist is also available as a consultant to parents, concerned friends, resident assistants and staff/faculty who may have concerns about a student's use. If you would like to formally refer a student for services, please e-mail Cara Ludlow or call 517.884.6598.

    Presentations

    The AOD program also provides interactive educational sessions for classroom infusion, fraternity and sorority life, and registered student organizations. The primary emphasis of these presentations is on basic knowledge, harm reduction, and risk management. The presentations are evaluated annually to ensure they consistently meet or exceed established benchmarks and desired outcomes.

    Be Responsible About Drinking (B.R.A.D.)

    The AOD program, in partnership with the B.R.A.D. Foundation, reaches out to every MSU student on their 21st birthday to wish them a happy, safe birthday and provide education about the risks associated with some of the more extreme 21st birthday celebration practices.  In conjunction with the mailed birthday cards, the AOD program has partnered with the Responsible Hospitality Council (RHC) of East Lansing to adopt best management practices to help safely manage 21st birthday celebrations that occur within local alcohol-serving establishments.

    Environmental Management and Community Partnership

    The AOD office works with community and student groups, city officials, and campus decision-makers to advise on policies related to health and safety issues associated with alcohol and other drug use. Additionally, data regarding student use of alcohol and other drugs are collected through the National College Health Assessment (NCHA). The NCHA is administered every other year. The results are made available to student groups, faculty, staff and community partners to assist in decision making, policy development, and resource allocation. In addition, a yearly Celebrations Survey is conducted as part of the social norms program, to determine drinking patterns and norms during celebratory events. This data is used to inform campaign messages and guide decisions regarding how best to manage and plan for key celebratory events.

  • Spartan Smart Program: Fall 2020


    Program Description

    Spartan Smart Program is now a virtual alcohol and marijuana education course designed to meet the needs of students who have received a sanction through Michigan State University's Dean of Students Office, a minor in possession (MIP) charge, a civil infraction in lieu of an MIP charge, or who have been recommended to complete an alcohol/ drug education class. Spartan Smart is focused on creating a compassionate and non-judgmental environment in which students can explore their beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors as they relate to alcohol and marijuana use. Our goal is to motivate students to make healthier choices about drinking or marijuana use, and for those who choose to continue use, to impart skills that will allow them to do so with reduced risks.


    Student Testimonials

    “I liked how the class was informational, open, and honest vs. being condescending and shaming. I enjoyed it!”

    “Great class; very helpful and not boring at all – I had a good time while learning important info.”

    “It was something I looked forward to after the first class. I learned life lessons.”

    “Definitely changed my views about alcohol and drugs.”

    “I think this class should be a requirement for all freshmen.”


    Course Scheduling, Registration and Fee

    Spartan Smart is a 4-hour class that is offered in two, two-hour sessions and the class is offered in two different formats: Group and Individual.

    In the group format, you will attend the course with 3-8 other students and will register for a set date and time that fits best within your schedule. The cost for the group session is $55. Follow the link below to view the current Spartan Smart schedule and then then proceed to the registration page to select your class, register and pay for a group Spartan Smart class through MSU’s CashNet payment system.

    • All classes for Fall 2020 Semester will be conducted through a remote ZOOM platform. To receive credit for completing Spartan Smart, you are required to have your VIDEO ON at all times during the class. Come as you are and be prepared to participate!

    • Fall 2020 Schedule
    • Registration Page
    • Course Fee: $55

    In the individual format, you will meet one-on-one with an Alcohol and Other Drug Specialist for two, two-hour appointments that will be conducted remotely through a ZOOM  platform. The cost for the individual format of Spartan Smart is $100. Follow this link to register for the individual format of Spartan Smart and follow the instructions for scheduling your sessions. After you have registered and paid for the individual session, you will need to contact Cara Ludlow via email or by phone at 517.884.6598 to schedule the dates and times for your Spartan Smart individual sessions.

    Spartan Smart chart


    Attendance Policy

    It is important that students contact the Health Promotion Department at least 24 hours in advance to cancel or reschedule their participation in a session. Students who miss a session without prior notification will have to re-enroll and pay the course fee again in order to complete the course. Students who who log into the ZOOM online-format more than 10 minutes after the scheduled start time, will be asked to disconnect from the session and register for another course.


    Confidentiality and Completion

    At the end of the second session, students will receive documentation that they have completed Spartan Smart. If the sanctioning entity is affiliated with Michigan State University, an electronic notification will be e-mailed jointly to the sanctioning entity and the student, verifying completion of the class. If the sanctioning entity is outside of Michigan State University, students will need to provide the contact information of the sanctioning entity, including an email address, and an electronic verification will be sent to that entity and the student, verifying completion of the class. Information in this communication is limited to a brief description of the class, the student's name, date of birth, and date of completion. It is the responsibility of the student to request any additional documentation from MSU's Health Promotion Department for verification purposes. Health Promotion will not disclose any student information to entities, on- or off-campus, without a signed Release of Information form completed by the student.



    Schedule & Enrollment

    Fall 2020 Schedule
    Olin Health Center Classroom (Rm. 247)

    Sign-Up Now

    For more information contact Cara Ludlow by email or at 517.884.6598.

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  • MSU’s Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC)
    MSU’s Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) serves students in or seeking recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. The CRC mission is to provide a safe and supportive campus community in which students in recovery from addiction can achieve their academic, personal and professional goals. The CRC and its services are designed to empower students to thrive in the fullness of the college experience, free from alcohol and other drugs.

    The Collegiate Recovery Community provides:
    • Individualized recovery planning
    • Recovery housing
    • 24/7 student lounge space
    • Support and accountability from staff and peers
    • Social events
    • Community service opportunities
    • Wellness and life skills workshops
    • Awareness, education, and advocacy
    • Campus and community information and referrals

    Visit the Collegiate Recovery Community page here.

    For more information, email Dawn Kepler or call 517.353.5564.
  • The Ducks! A Social Norms Campaign

    The Ducks! A Social Norms Campaign


    Have you ever seen a bright colored t-shirt or poster with ducks on them around campus?

    The AOD program coordinates a social norms campaign (also known as “The Ducks”) to promote a better understanding of alcohol use by the MSU student population and challenge the prevailing myths and misperceptions which often lead to higher risk consumption.

    The “Duck” campaign was initially developed by MSU students in the Communication Arts and Sciences program and currently utilizes a group of student volunteers, the Quack Pack, to inform the development of new campaign messages and strategies, assist with the distribution of campaign materials on and off-campus, and provide staffing for campaign events.

    As part of the campaign, Health Promotion and the Residence Hall Association (RHA) co-sponsor in-hall interactive educational programs including "Know Your Solo" and "Duck Days". 

    To learn more about the campaign or to arrange an event in your hall, please email Cara Ludlow or call 517.884.6598.

  • Tobacco Quitline Program

    Michigan Tobacco Quitline is open to all MSU employees, spouses of MSU employees, and MSU students. It is a FREE service that provides you with a professional Quit Coach, a personalized quitting strategy, and other resources to help you quit smoking. You can even call if you are helping someone else to quit smoking.

    Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1.800.784.8669) to learn about how you can get help to quit smoking.

    Visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Quit Tobacco Tools & Resources page for more resources to help you quit!

    Click here for a flyer describing the Tobacco Quitline program.

AOD Program Coordinator

Cara Ludlow
ludlowc@msu.edu
517.884.6598

Collegiate Recovery Program Coordinator

Dawn Kepler
dkepler@msu.edu
517.353.5564

On-Campus Services

Alcohol and Drug Education

Court-ordered Breathalyzer

Counseling

Legal Services

Tobacco Cessation Counseling/Coaching

  • MSU Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Program (AOD)
    517.884.6598(Graduate students employed by the University are eligible for MSU Health4U services)
    517.353.2596

Off-Campus Services

Court-ordered Assessment and Education

Court-ordered Breathalyzers and Drug Screens

  • Alcohol Drug Administrative Monitoring (ADAM)
    517.332.3804
  • Alcohol Drug Education Program (ADEP)
    517.999.0092

Drug/Alcohol Detoxification

Information and Referral

  • Care Coordination Center
    888.230.7629

Inpatient Treatment Services

Outpatient Treatment and Counseling

Self-Help Resources

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings

On-Campus:

  • Wednesday Sense of Humor Group at 8 pm in Rm 3400, Engineering Building

Off-Campus in East Lansing:

  • Sunday at 8 pm - St. Thomas Aquinas Church
  • Monday Back Porch Group at 7:30 pm - University Lutheran Church (Gay/lesbian meeting, but all alcoholics welcome)
  • Tuesday Women’s Group at 6:30 pm - University Lutheran Church
  • Tuesday BB Study Group at 7 pm - People’s Church
  • Thursday Primary Purpose Group at 6:30 pm - Eastminster Church
  • Friday Young Survivors Group at 9:30 pm - Eastminster Church
  • Friday Gay/Lesbian Step Meeting at 6:30 pm - United Ministries (Gay/lesbian meeting, but all alcoholics welcome)
  • Saturday Live Meeting at 10 am - Eastminster Church

For additional AA meetings in Lansing and the surrounding area click here or call 517.377.1444.

Nicotine Anonymous Meetings

On Campus:

  • Tuesday at 8 pm - Engineering Building, Room 2320

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Meetings

On Campus:

Gambler’s Anonymous 

Off-Campus in East Lansing

  • Friday at 6 pm - Edgewood United Church, 469 N. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing

SMART Recovery
Online Meetings and ensible Tools for Addiction Recovery

e-chug
A brief, confidential, interactive alcohol assessment tool


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