Alcohol Assessment and Substance Abuse

The CCC staff provide alcohol assessment and education for cadets. These assessments can be voluntary or as a result of an alcohol related penalty. Each assessment is individualized and based on the particular cadet’s needs.

Mandated:

VMI has a strict zero-tolerance policy regarding alcohol. When a cadet receives an alcohol penalty (i.e. an A1 or A5) a substance abuse intake is the minimum requirement for compliance. Additional substance abuse services may be recommended by a licensed counselor. Cadets, if you receive an alcohol penalty, contact the Center for Cadet Counseling at (540) 464-7667 to schedule your substance abuse intake appointment.

Voluntary:

The Center for Cadet Counseling also offers voluntary substance abuse services. Making changes prior to suffering from legal, academic, or VMI disciplinary consequences is strongly encouraged. To schedule a voluntary substance abuse assessment, contact our office at (540) 464-7667.

For more information on alcohol use, dependence, and how to identify a problem, visit special topics.

What constitutes dependence or problem use?

Abstinence   Non-Problematic Use
Complete non-use of substance

Use of substance in moderation, appropriate behavior, no harm from use (i.e. blackouts, fights, accidents, academic problems.
Incident Problem Use
An isolated event; a single episode of experiencing a problem or causing harm A pattern of use with negative consequences and multiple incidents; using despite knowledge that use causes harm or contributes to problems; use in situations that are physically dangerous (i.e. driving, swimming); moderation is still possible. 
DEPENDENCY
Periodic loss of control in terms of how much you use and/or behavior surrounding use, substance use despite knowledge that causes problems for the individual, substance use criticized by family and/or friends, moderation becomes difficult or impossible.  

For more information on alcohol use, dependence, and how to identify a problem, visit special topics.

Take a free online assessment from the comfort of your room?

The "self-assessment" has two different assessments that are free, anonymous, and online. You can answer the questions as yourself or to help you evaluate a student or roommate. After completing the assessment, you may want to discuss the results further. Please contact our office, 540-464-7667, to schedule an appointment. Note that these assessments are to help evaluate causes for concern and are not a diagnostic tool. 

VMI's Alcohol and Drug Training:

Review our brief training power point that guidea you through the policies at VMI for cadets, faculty/staff, and the communities well-being as a whole.For more information on Alcohol, Tobacco, or Substances contact our office at 540-464-7667 or stop by the VMI infirmary. 

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Training