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Early Intervention and Education Program

alcohol and drug education program

Despite current educational and prevention efforts, some students make high-risk choices around alcohol and other drug use and need intervention. Students may refer themselves to our office, may be referred by another member of the BC community, or may be mandated to our office through the University Student Conduct System. The Early Intervention and Education Program (EIEP) is a multilevel educational program designed to meet the individual needs of students who have made high-risk choices.

The Early Intervention and Education Program is designed to meet the individual needs of students referred for alcohol and other drug policy violations. In addition to sanctioned referrals, the program offers individual assessment, counseling, and/or treatment referral.

By participating in one of the Early Intervention and Education Programs, students will increase their knowledge regarding alcohol and/or marijuana.  Students will be given the opportunity to reflect on their current choices, set goals for the future, and learn about strategies for making lower-risk choices.

NOTE: There is a $50 fee assessed to students referred to CHOICES, BASICS, BASICS Booster, MODE, or Marijuana Assessment as part of a disciplinary sanction, and a $100 fee for students sanctioned to complete AIM, MIM,or a Substance Abuse Assessment. Services are free to those who self-refer to any of the services provided by the Alcohol and Drug Education Program. There are several components of the Early Intervention and Education Program, including:

  • Alcohol Innerview is a brief, online alcohol abuse prevention and harm reduction program.  The Alcohol Innerview program involves a 15-20 minute online assessment of alcohol use with personally tailored recommendations for making change and reducing risk around alcohol use.  Students also have option to voluntarily follow-up with a member of the Alcohol and Drug Education program to discuss their program results and make further goals for change.  The Alcohol Innerview program is presented in a non-confrontational manner that enables students to make their own informed decisions regarding their alcohol use.

  • CHOICES is a brief alcohol abuse prevention and harm reduction program for college students involving interactive journaling. The CHOICES program involves a 90-minute, peer-facilitated class. Throughout the course, students are presented with information, and then they are able to reflect on what they have learned as it relates to their choices about drinking in their personal journals. The CHOICES program is presented in a non-confrontational manner that enables students to make their own decisions about alcohol consumption. Because the central focus of this program is to help students make informed choices, the journal is set up to provide participants with information, and then they are asked to apply what they have learned in a series of self-reflective questions.
  • BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) has, as its primary goal, moving a student in the direction of reducing risky behaviors and harmful effects from drinking, as opposed to focusing explicitly on a specific drinking goal such as abstinence or reductions in drinking. BASICS is conducted over the course of three 1-hour interview sessions. In the first interview, the facilitator assesses the student's consumption pattern. During the second interview, the facilitator provides personalized feedback based on the assessment, including specific suggestions about ways to reduce future health risks associated with alcohol use. The third and final interview is a follow-up conversation about progress made towards the student's goals.
  • MODE (Marijuana and Other Drug Education): is a 90-minute educational group that emphasizes prevention and self-reflection while encouraging healthier choices around marijuana use.  The group is faciliated by an AIM counselor and is offered multiple times a semester. 
  • Marijuana Assessment : A Marijuana Assessment consists of two individual appointments with a staff member from the Alcohol and Drug Education program.  Additionally, you must comply with all recommendations made as a result of your participation in the program. 
  • AIM (Alcohol Intervention Meeting) is a weekly education/counseling group that helps students identify and implement safer, healthier choices regarding alcohol and drug use. The AIM format is a 10-session program with a curriculum that focuses on self-awareness, personal responsibility, self-motivation, and the identification and restoration of personal values that have been affected by and cause alcohol abuse. The AIM group is facilitated by local treatment providers that are licensed and trained in substance abuse and mental-health disciplines. The AIM counselors work in the Boston community and are not Boston College administrators.
  • MIM (Marijuana Intervention Meeting) is a weekly education/counseling group that helps students identify and implement safer, healthier choices regarding marijuana use. The MIM format is a 10-session program with a curriculum that focuses on self-awareness, personal responsibility, self-motivation, and the identification and restoration of personal values that have been affected by and cause marijuana abuse. The MIM group is facilitated by local treatment providers who are licensed and trained in substance abuse and mental-health disciplines. The MIM counselors work in the Boston community and are not Boston College administrators. 
  • A Substance Abuse Assesment consists of a one time meeting with a counselor from the Alcohol and Drug Education Program.  A student sanctioned to a Substance Abuse Assessment must comply with the recommendations provided by the counselor.
  • A BASICS Booster consists of a minimum of three sessions with a counselor from the Alcohol and Drug Education Program.  A student sanctioned to a BASICS Booster must comply with the recommendations provided by the counselor.

If you have been sanctioned to complete one of our educational programs, please register at the appropriate link above.