Connection Alcohol and Other Drug Program

The Connection Alcohol and Other Drug Program's mission is to cultivate within students a sense of personal accountability and empowerment to make healthy choices and responsible decisions regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs through a comprehensive program including prevention, education, intervention and community coalition activities.

Services We Provide

How It Works

Students are referred either by medical, housing, disciplinary, or self referrals to the Connection Program. The BASICS process is a two meeting program that uses a harm reduction approach that aims to motivate students to reduce risky behaviors rather than focus on specific drinking goals.


  • Increases students' awareness of the risks associated with alcohol and/or other drug use
  • Provides students with information on alcohol and it's effects on the body
  • Fosters safer alcohol use choices
  • Students gain increased awareness of alcohol-impaired choices that can lead to health problems, social difficulties, and/or legal problems

How It Works

Early Intervention Groups (EIG) provide support and education for students involved in high-risk incidents or who could benefit from peer support in making positive changes in their lives.  These groups meet for one hour a week for five weeks, are co-facilitated by Connection staff members, are closed meetings, and consist of approximately 5-10 college students.

EIG Topics

  • The Stages of Change and Developing an Action Plan
  • Risk Factors and Progression of Use
  • Identifying "Triggers" and Managing Stress
  • Peer Pressure and Campus Climate Issues
  • Effective Communication and Refusals
  • Positive ways to Reward Successes
  • Identifying Needs, Social Supports, and Referral Resources


We have a variety of information about alcohol and other drugs, including online resources and assessment tools to help students learn more about their own personal experiences.

Professional Assessment

Connections staff can provide referrals to professional assessments at community agencies that are able to determine an individual student's personal level of need in terms of support services and/or possible treatment.

Campus Support

Staff can also provide referral recommendations to numerous campus support departments that may be of interest or need for students such as:

Research shows most SU students choose not to make alcohol and other drugs a large part of their Ship experience.

  • 78% of SU students have 0-5 drinks per week.1
  • 83% of SU students have not used marijuana in the past 30 days.1
  • 85% of incoming SU students reported they are moderate drinkers, if they even drink at all.2
  • 82% of incoming SU students that choose to drink consume alcohol 1-2 days per week.

1 CORE Survey, Spring 2014

2 AlcoholEdu data, 2013-2014