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Health and Wellness

Alcohol and Drug Prevention Program

The Alcohol and Drug (AOD) Prevention Program at Northeast Community College utilizes a comprehensive approach to address alcohol and other drug-related problems. We encourage the college community to join with us through task forces and coalitions to employ multiple strategies including:

  • providing education
  • banning alcohol and alcohol advertisement on campus
  • changing the normative environment
  • promoting alcohol-free social options
  • developing alcohol policies and increasing the consistency of enforcement
  • reducing the marketing of alcohol
  • conducting early intervention
  • providing treatment referrals

In order to be effective in our approach we value the following key components of effective prevention: assessment and evaluation, strategic planning, media advocacy and publicity of efforts, senior administrative support, student involvement, and building relationships with key stakeholders.

The following programs and services have been implemented as part of our comprehensive approach to reducing the illegal and high-risk use of alcohol and other drugs and its related consequences.

  • Increasing the number of alcohol-free, social events offered on campus.
  • College-wide collaboration among various departments throughout the college such as Counseling Services, Faculty, Health Services, Residential Life, etc. to increase the effectiveness of educational and prevention programs across campus, as well as providing training to Residential Life Staff, Resident and Student Assistants, and other student leaders.
  • Faculty and Staff: The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at Northeast Community College is available to all faculty and staff and their immediate family members in need of information and/or assistance with any personal concerns, including alcohol or drug-related problems. The EAP provides confidential, free, professional, short-term counseling, assessment and referral.
  • Actively involving members of the Northeast community and members of the local area community in prevention efforts, through a campus task force and a campus and community coalition.
  • Northeast Community College is a member of The Nebraska Collegiate Consortium to Reduce High-Risk Drinking.

Despite current educational and prevention efforts, some students make high-risk choices around alcohol and other drug use. Students may refer themselves to the counseling office, may be referred by another member of the Northeast community, or may be mandated to the counseling office by violating the campus substance abuse policy.