Connection Alcohol and Other Drug Program

Information for Shippensburg University Students.

Alcohol and drug use can lead to misuse and abuse. If you are worried about yourself or a friend, please don't hesitate to contact the Connection Program. All communications are kept confidential and students will not get in trouble for sharing alcohol or drug use with a Connection Program staff member. You can reach the program director directly at (717) 477-1536 or

Warning Signs

Physical signs of alcohol or drug abuse

  • Eyes that are bloodshot or pupils that are smaller or larger than normal.
  • Frequent nosebleeds could be related to snorted drugs (meth or cocaine).
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns. Sudden weight loss or weight gain.
  • Seizures without a history of epilepsy.
  • Deterioration in personal grooming or physical appearance.
  • Impaired coordination, injuries/accidents/bruises that they won’t or can’t tell you about- they don’t know how they got hurt.
  • Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing.
  • Shakes, tremors, incoherent or slurred speech, impaired or unstable coordination.

Behavioral signs of alcohol or drug abuse

  • Skipping class, declining grades, getting in trouble at school.
  • Drop in attendance and performance at work- loss of interest in extracurricular activities, hobbies, sports or exercise- decreased motivation.
  • Missing money, valuables, prescription or prescription drugs, borrowing and stealing money.
  • Acting isolated, silent, withdrawn, engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors.
  • Clashes with family values and beliefs.
  • Preoccupation with alcohol and drug-related lifestyle in music, clothing and posters.
  • Demanding more privacy, locking doors and avoiding eye contact.
  • Sudden change in relationships, friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies.
  • Frequently getting into trouble (arguments, fights, accidents, illegal activities).
  • Using incense, perfume, air freshener to hide smell of smoke or drugs.
  • Using eye drops to mask bloodshot eyes and dilated pupils.

Psychological warning signs of alcohol or drug abuse

  • Unexplained, confusing change in personality and/or attitude.
  • Sudden mood changes, irritability, angry outbursts or laughing at nothing.
  • Periods of unusual hyperactivity or agitation.
  • Lack of motivation; inability to focus, appears lethargic or “spaced out.”
  • Appears fearful, withdrawn, anxious, or paranoid, with no apparent reason.


Below is a list of several web sites that offers self-assessment opportunities. While there are many websites that may be used for informational purposes and self-assessments, it is important to remember that online assessments are for educational purposes only. If you would like a more in-depth assessment or would like to talk to someone about your concerns, please contact the Connection Program at (717) 477-1164 or

Take a look into your drinking habits and how they may be affecting your health:

Everything that a college student would need to know about alcohol:

An interactive program developed by The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility which will educate the used about how alcohol consumption affects Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC):

What it means to live above the influence and helpful resources for yourself or a friend that may need help:

An interactive experience that demonstrates how you have the ability to call the shots when going out with your friends and how you can prevent something negative from happening:

An overview of alcohol consumption:

Find out the impact of smoking on your health and your wallet:

Contact Information

Appointments: 717-477-1164
Fax: 717-477-4007

Ann Wendle
Program Director
Old Main 210A

Becca Zelner
Graduate Assistant
Old Main 210B

Donna Gross
Program Advisor 

210 Old Main (2nd Floor)
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Dr.
Shippensburg, PA 17257

Phone: (717)-477-1164