Extensive medical research has identified various health risks associated with the use, misuse or abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Alcohol or any other drug used in excess over time can produce illness, disability, or death. The health consequences of substance abuse may be immediate and unpredictable, such as cardiac arrest with cocaine use, or more subtle and long-term, such as liver deterioration associated with the prolonged use of alcohol. In addition to health-related problems, other substance abuse concerns include the following:
- Individuals who abuse alcohol and other drugs often have erratic lifestyles which interfere with work and family responsibilities, sleep, nutrition and exercise.
- Alcohol and substance abuse may lead to financial difficulties, domestic violence, deterioration of the family structure, motor vehicle accident injuries and reduced job performance.
- Repeated use, misuse or abuse of alcohol and other drugs can lead to various forms of dependence.
For more detailed descriptions of commonly-abused drugs, including specific health effects and treatment options, refer to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Resources for Students & Employees
University Health Services addresses a variety of needs related to alcohol and drug issues involving the Kent Campus. Psychological Services and the Office of Health Promotion, under the purview of University Health Services, provide court diversion programs, assessments, individual counseling and prevention education. Students experiencing problems associated with the use of alcohol or other drugs may obtain more information or schedule an appointment by contacting:
University Health Services
DeWeese Health Center
1500 Eastway Drive
Kent, Ohio 44242
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Students enrolled in the College of Podiatric Medicine who are experiencing similar concerns as noted above may contact Case Western Reserve University's Counseling Services.
Employees may utilize the IMPACT Program, Kent State University's employee assistance program, directly at 1-800-227-6007, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. In addition, employees may access the IMPACT website to explore web-based work/life resources. Employees may also contact the Human Resources Benefits Office with any questions pertaining to the University-provided Employee Assistance and Work/Life Program.
- Family and Community Services, helping individuals of all ages from providing life's basic needs – food, clothing, shelter – to counseling and mentoring
- Townhall II, advancing the health, wellness and recovery of our community
- Coleman Professional Services, providing mental health and rehabilitation services
- Community Health Center
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
- The Recovery Village, Kent Ohio
- Smart Recovery
- Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups of Ohio
- Healthy References: Campus and Community Resources
- Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
- Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving-Ohio
- The Partnership at Drugfree.org
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
- National Institute on Drug Abuse
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention