The BASICS program (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) at Appalachian offers students an opportunity to examine and explore their alcohol and other substance use in a safe and nonjudgemental. The program serves students individually, providing a personalized BASICS feedback report and a confidential session with a trained counselor.
The goal of the program is to help students determine and develop their strategy for a safe, healthy and low risk lifestyle in regard to alcohol and substance use choices in order to achieve academic success and personal satisfaction.
Who is BASICS for?
BASICS is available for any student who would like to reflect upon their alcohol and/or other substance use objectively and without judgment. Students explore alcohol and drug use in relation to personal goals and well-being, and identify the strategies or changes that may work best for them as well as reduce the risk for a future concern.
Students may be referred from the Office of Student Conduct to participate in BASICS due to an alcohol violation or marijuana use violation.
However, any student who would like to examine their alcohol or other drug use can choose to participate in BASICS.
What happens in BASICS?
In BASICS you will complete an online questionnaire, creating a personalized profile report. A counselor will meet with you for a confidential session(s) to explore your experiences with alcohol and substance use, examine the personalized profile, and assist you in determining a best personal strategy in regard to alcohol and substance use.
How do I make an appointment for BASICS?
Participation in BASICS will involve attending Wellness Center “Walk-In Hours” on Tuesday from 1:00-4:30pm and Friday 1:00-4:00pm.
During Walk-In, students will complete the online BASICS questionnaire and will also complete Wellness Center intake documents, and meet briefly with an intake counselor. This process is usually about 20 minutes unless the office is very full.
After Walk-in is completed, you will receive an email with an appointment date/time to meet with a Wellness Center counselor for an individual BASICS appointment.
Conduct referral; you will not have a second chance to schedule if you miss your scheduled appointment! Please keep your appointment, or call in advance..
Voluntary referrals to BASICS will go through Wellness Center Walk-in on Tuesday or Wednesday, and will collaborate with the Wellness counselor about scheduling a follow-up appointment.
Who will know I have attended BASICS?
All information entered online, in Wellness forms, and in conversation with a counselor is protected by confidentiality. You will be provided further information about confidentiality at the Wellness Center during Walk-In.
Where did BASICS come from?
BASICS is a nationally recognized and researched program used at numerous university campuses, including other North Carolina universities. Appalachian’s BASICS program is informed by original research conducted at the University of Washington and from research related to brief motivational interviewing counseling. BASICS is listed on the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)