Contact Information

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

Sarah McDowell, M.S.
Interim Program Director
717-477-1536
samcdowell@ship.edu
Old Main 210A

Brandy Lautsbaugh
Graduate Assistant
Connectga@ship.edu
Old Main 210B

Dr. Ford Brooks
Faculty Advisor
Cwbroo@ship.edu 

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

Phone: (717)-477-1164

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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 samcdowell@ship.edu. 

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  • Acting isolated, silent, withdrawn, engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors.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.


Self-Assessments

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 samcdowell@ship.edu.

Take a look into your drinking habits and how they may be affecting your health: http://www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/

 

Everything that a college student would need to know about alcohol: http://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/CollegeStudents/


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): http://www.b4udrink.org/


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

 

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: http://www.controltonight.com/

 

An overview of alcohol consumption: http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption

 

Find out the impact of smoking on your health and your wallet: http://www.tobaccofreeu.org/caculator/index.asp