Substance & Alcohol Abuse Information & Resources

If you or a loved one struggles with alcoholism, substance abuse, depression, or are just interested in quitting smoking, these resources below contain a wealth of information on how and where to get help. Please remember, you are not alone. There are many resources available to you, both on and off campus.

Alcohol Abuse Resources:

Alcohol and depression go hand in hand. Many people don't realize that alcohol is a depressant, and those with depression should not drink alcohol. Alcohol temporarily blunts the effects of stress hormones. It typically leaves you feeling worse than ever because it depresses the brain and nervous system. One study looked at people who consumed one drink a day. After three months abstinence, their scores on standard depression inventories improved.

Substance abuse resources are available.

Speaker Meetings

Meetings open to students, faculty, staff, and community. Come and share your story of alcohol recovery or hear others share theirs. These meetings are great for those that aren't sure about Alcoholic's Anonymous meetings and who might want to try something different first.

For more information about screenings, Open Speaker Meetings, or information provided by ACES (Alcohol Campus Educational Services) please visit If you are dealing with the struggle of alcoholism in your family, visit Al-Anon for understanding and encouragement.

For information on assessments or referrals, for yourself or a dependent, please contact Encompass at 1-800-788-8630 or

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Tobacco Cessation:

  • An estimated 440,000 Americans die each year from diseases caused by smoking. Smoking is responsible for an estimated one in five U.S. deaths and costs the U.S. over $150 billion each year in health care costs and lost productivity.
  • Exposure of adults to secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and causes coronary heart disease and lung cancer.
  • Secondhand smoke exposure causes disease and premature death in children and adults who do not smoke.
  • Respect our Campus Campaign-additional resources and support to help you quit.
  • GVSU Smoking Policy


Quit smoking today.

Tobacco Cessation Product Options 
Tobacco use screenings and cessation interventions are available to GVSU benefit eligible faculty and staff at NO COST as part of the new health care reform. Make an appointment with your health care professional to review prescription options and order. 

Priority Health Health Coaches
Free health coaching services for benefit eligible faculty and staff to provide the support you need to quit. Call Priority Health today to enroll at 1-800-956-1954. 

Have a craving? Get help to stay on track, call 1-800-788-8630 to talk to a counselor right now! This is a free service for all benefit eligible faculty & staff members.

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Substance Abuse Prevention & Resources:

  • Drug-Free Workplace - addressing substance abuse prevention in the workplace through comprehensive drug-free and health/wellness workplace programs.
  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders. Primary care centers, hospital emergency rooms, trauma centers, and other community settings provide opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users before more severe consequences occur.
  • Addiction Resource Specialists offers free informational resources and a free toll-free hotline, where you can learn about the details for a successful treatment for substance abuse or addiction. For Addiction Support 24/7 Call SAMHSA: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) Find the best treatment and drug rehab facilities and learn about how your insurance can cover the expenses. Addiction Resources can offer full and verifiable information on substance addiction and abuse. Learn if you or someone you love suffers from addiction.

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Substance abuse resources are available.

Page last modified September 20, 2017