EARLY INTERVENTION Programs
The Fontaine Center Early Intervention Programs offer a comprehensive range of services and supports to meet the needs of:
- Students referred for violations of the UGA alcohol and other substance use policy
- Students that have questions about their alcohol and other substance use
- Students seeking support for better managing their alcohol and other substance use
- Students who would like to stop using alcohol and other substances and are needing support with their efforts
Our specialized programs are evidence-based and work to ensure that alcohol and substance use does not become a barrier to a student’s academic, personal, or professional success. The programs also provide students with accurate and current information including harm reduction strategies that are research supported to reduce high risk alcohol and other substance use. By participating in the Early Intervention Programs, students will increase their knowledge regarding alcohol and/or other substances to make better informed choices.
To access these services, please call the Fontaine Center which is located in the Health Promotion Department at the University Health Center, 706-542-8690. We are located in the University Health Center’s Health Promotion Department which is on the first floor across from the Vision Clinic. We are here to listen and assist students in a non-judgmental environment.
BASICS is short for Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students. It is a collaborative, evidence-based program designed to help students make lower risk choices related to harms that may come from alcohol and other substance use. The program consists of two non-confrontational, non-judgmental sessions with a Health Promotion Department AOD facilitator.
Any student who is concerned about their alcohol or other substance use can choose to attend BASICS. Some students are required to complete BASICS if they are found to have violated the UGA alcohol and other substance use policy or are court mandated to complete a program.
It is not an alcohol education course nor is it a counseling session. BASICS is an opportunity for students to receive supportive feedback based on their own responses about their alcohol and other substance use. BASICS uses evidence based practices to meet students where they are with their alcohol and other substance use. It provides students with strategies that may help to reduce risk and other resources. The student will have opportunities for self-improvement and goal setting to encourage lower risk choices.
It consists of 2 sessions, both approximately 50-60 minutes in length. It will occur over 2-3 weeks.
Please call the Health Promotion Department and ask to schedule a BASICS session:
During that call, you will be given additional instructions and where the session will occur.
For students referred to BASICS by Student Conduct or need proof of completion, it is $200 which is for the whole program.
For students who are choosing to complete BASICS and do not require proof of completion, there is no out-of-pocket cost.
Consultations for Alcohol and Other Substance Concerns
For students who have questions about their use or a friend’s use, but aren’t sure what they might want to do next, consultations are available. During an alcohol and other substance use consultation, the student will meet with a trained staff member to collaboratively review their history of use and what their goals are for their alcohol and other substance use, as well as how those goals work with their other well-being goals. Student’s will be provided resources and supports as requested and necessary by the therapist. There is no out-of-pocket cost for consultations.
Counseling for Alcohol and Other Substance Concerns
Students can access confidential alcohol and other substance use counseling in a respectful, affirming, and non-judgmental setting to explore their well-being and how it is impacted by their alcohol and other substance use. The student works with collaboratively with their therapist to set their goals for counseling, there are no expectations put on the student by the therapist.
Individual counseling topics might include:
- binge drinking
- alcohol misuse and abuse
- Cannabis misuse
- other mood-altering substance use and abuse
- family substance use issues
- supporting friends who have alcohol and/or substance use issues
To access any Early Intervention Program, please call the Fontaine Center which is located in the Health Promotion Department at the University Health Center: 706-542-8690
Appointments are required. If necessary, cancel or reschedule your appointment by 5:00pm on the business day before the scheduled appointment to prevent a $30 charge.