Alcohol and Drug Prevention and Support

Johnson C. Smith University Drug and Alcohol Education, Prevention Resources

The Counseling Center provides information, prevention-education, consultation, and referrals designed to enhance Drug/Alcohol awareness. Intervention efforts consist of drug/alcohol and psycho-educational workshops and referrals to substance abuse treatment centers, agencies and support groups that may be located on campus and/or in the community. Please follow the step below regarding your drug and alcohol abuse needs: 

  1. To identify a campus support group or to request an individual appointment, call the Counseling Center at 704.378.1044
  2. To identify a community provider regarding your drug and alcohol needs, please visit the county’s managed care organization provider list.
  3. Choose an easy to use, evidence-based screening tool at the following link to determine your drug and alcohol abuse needs at  

Numbers to keep nearby

JCSU Campus Police: 704.378.1003 or 704.378.1004

JCSU Counseling Center: 704.378.1004

JCSU Health Center: 704.378.1075

Community Resources

Alcohol First Aid

Severe intoxication, or alcohol poisoning, can be quite dangerous. It can be caused by drinking large amounts of alcohol too quickly in a short period of time. This is known as binge drinking: five (5) or more drinks at a time for men and four (4) or more drinks for women. Binge drinking can also result in depression of the central nervous system and possibly unconsciousness (passing out), coma, or even death.

Here are some basic guidelines to help you size up the scene and decide how to help an intoxicated friend.


1) Assist the person to a comfortable and safe place.
2) Use a calm, strong voice. Be firm.
3) Assess if the person is in a life-threatening situation and GET HELP IF YOU NEED IT.
4) Lie the intoxicated person down on his or her side with knees up so he or she won’t choke if he or she vomits.
5) Check breathing every 15 minutes. Do not leave the person alone.
6) Allow for time. Only time will sober a person up.


1) Don’t give cold showers– the shock may make the person pass out.
2) Don’t try to walk him or her around.
3) Don’t provoke a fight by arguing with or laughing at the person who is drunk.
4) Don’t try to counsel the person– confront the behavior later.
5) Don’t give him or anything to eat or drink—coffee and food will not help, and the person may choke.
6) Don’t give the person any drugs (Painkillers, sleeping pills and especially not depressant-type drugs such as Valium or Xanax) These will not help the person sober up. The combination of these drugs with alcohol may be fatal.
7) Don’t induce vomiting 

Get help immediately if:

  • The person cannot be aroused by shaking or shouting
  • The person’s breathing rate is shallow, irregular, or slowed to less than 6 –7 breaths per minute
  • The person drank alcohol in combination with any medications
  • The person sustained a blow to the head or any injury which caused bleeding
  • The person drank a large quantity (1/2 quart of liquor) within a short period and then collapsed.

If you are not sure what to do, but think the person needs help, call 911.

It is better to call for unnecessary help than not to call for help that is needed

Tips for Trouble-free parties….

  • Remember food! It helps to slow down alcohol’s absorption rate and gives your guests something to do besides drink.
  • Dancing at parties is fun, energizing, and promotes interaction—clear enough floor space and play good music.
  • Keep guests circulating-set up the party space so that drinks and food are at various places around the room.
  • Provide options– serve creative and refreshing non-alcoholic drinks and display them as attractively as the alcoholic ones.

At all costs, don’t let people drive drunk. Arrange a ride with someone sober, call a cab, or allow them to spend the night.


Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States and tends to be the first illegal drug teens use. However, this is not to say that the majority of teens use marijuana.   Marijuana has several negative physical and mental effects. Use of marijuana may impair or reduce short-term memory and comprehension, alter the sense of time, and reduce the ability to perform tasks requiring concentration and coordination, such as driving a car.

What are the short-term effects of using Marijuana?

  • Sleepiness and increased hunger
  • Difficulty keeping track of time, impaired or reduced short-term memory
  • Reduced ability to perform tasks requiring concentration and coordination, such as driving a car
  • Increased heart rate
  • Potential cardiac dangers for those with preexisting heart disease
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Decreased social inhibitions
  • Risk of paranoia, hallucination, intense anxiety

Health Hazards

Effects of Marijuana on the Brain - Researchers have found that THC changes the way in which sensory information gets into and is acted on by the hippocampus. This is a component of the brain's limbic system that is crucial for learning, memory, and the integration of sensory experiences with emotions and motivations. Investigations have shown that THC suppresses neurons in the information-processing system of the hippocampus.

Effects on the Lungs - Someone who smokes marijuana regularly may have many of the same respiratory problems that tobacco smokers have. These individuals may have a daily cough and phlegm, symptoms of chronic bronchitis, and more frequent chest colds. Continuing to smoke marijuana. Regardless of the THC content, the amount of tar inhaled by marijuana smokers and the level of carbon monoxide absorbed are three to five times greater than among tobacco smoke

Effects of Marijuana Use during Pregnancy - Research has shown that babies born to women who used marijuana during their pregnancies display altered responses to visual stimuli, increased tremulousness, and a high-pitched cry, which may indicate problems with neurological development. During infancy and preschool years, marijuana-exposed children have been observed to have more behavioral problems and to perform tasks of visual perception, language comprehension, sustained attention, and memory more poorly than non-exposed children. In school, these children are m

Effects of Heavy Marijuana Use on Learning and Social Behavior - A study of college students has shown that critical skills related to attention, memory, and learning are impaired among people who use marijuana heavily, even after discontinuing its use for at least 24 hours. Researchers compared 65 "heavy users," who had smoked marijuana a median of 29 of the past 30 days, and 64 "light users," who had smoked a median of 1 of the past 30 days. After a closely monitored 19- to 24-hour period of abstinence from marijuana and other illicit drugs and alcohol, the undergraduates were given several standard tests measuring aspects of attention, memory, and learning. Compared to the light users, heavy marijuana users made more errors and had more difficulty sustaining attention, shifting attention to meet the demands of changes in the environment, and in registering, processing, and using information. The findings suggest that the greater impairment among heavy users is likely due to an alteration of brain activity produced by marijuana.

The information on this page is maintained by the Office of Counseling Services. For more information or questions please contact them directly at 704.378.1044