EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMS & COUNSELING SERVICES
• Students seeking support for better managing their alcohol and other substance use
• Students who would like to take a break from using alcohol and other substances and are needing support with their efforts
• Students who are concerned about a friends or family members substance use
• General questions about alcohol and other drugs
Our programs are evidence-based and work to ensure that alcohol and other substance use does not become a barrier to a student’s academic, personal, or professional success. Our 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 harms.
To access any of 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 here to listen and assist students in a non-judgmental and safe 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.
AOD Counseling Services include:
• Exploring your options for reducing your substance use
• How to support a friend or family member who may be navigating substance use issues
• How substance use may be affecting a student’s overall well-being and academic goals
• Referral Information: Students in need of more intensive support services, referrals can be provided for intensive outpatient (IOP), or residential treatment programs. Our staff are knowledgeable about community services and can provide resources outside of Athens if needed.
• Returning to Campus: If a student re-enters UGA, after attending an alcohol and/or drug treatment program, the Fontaine Center staff can assist the student with a Recovery Support and After-Care services. Students can meet with a team member for individual sessions, and will be directed to other resources individualized to their needs.
Call: 706-542-8690 to talk with a Fontaine Staff Member