Student Support and Advocacy Center staff is available to talk with students who are curious or concerned about their (or someone else’s) alcohol/other drug use. Some students seek out Student Support Advocacy Center on their own, while others are required to visit due to conduct violations. Appointments are encouraged.

In these discussions, SSAC staff explore current and past substance use, reviews the impact on students’ lives, and provides relevant educational information. When needed, SSAC staff works to connect students with appropriate on-campus or off-campus resources for further education, counseling or treatment.

BASICS

SSAC also offers Brief Alcohol/Drug Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS), a short-term and evidence-based educational intervention for Mason students who are at-risk for or experiencing problems due to their drinking or drug use. Students meet individually with Student Support and Advocacy Center staff for two one-hour interviews and complete homework. Through a customized feedback profile and information-sharing, BASICS aims to motivate students to reduce their alcohol or drug use in order to decrease negative consequences.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has recognized BASICS as an evidence-based model program.

 

Alcohol Resources

E-Checkup to Go

Ever think about your drinking? Wonder how that compare to other college students’? Complete a confidential, online assessment and get some feedback. You remain anonymous while the assessment generates personalized feedback about your own patterns, risk, and aspirations/goals. You’ll also learn about helpful resources at George Mason University and in the community.

 

Virtual Bar

The Virtual Bar uses the latest science to help you not only get a better understanding of how different factors affect your blood-alcohol concentration – or BAC – on an individual level, but also can help you see how your night could go depending on the food you eat, the water you drink throughout the night, and other important variables.

 

NIAAA

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world.

Check out their College Drinking Prevention Page for facts and resources!

Fairfax- Falls Church Community Services Board

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) is the public agency that plans, organizes and provides services for people of all ages in our community for a variety of needs including substance use disorders.

Tobbaco Resources

There are many resources that can help you quit – you don’t have to do anything alone!

Interested in joining a Mason Tobacco Committee or to hear about any upcoming tobacco related education? Email ssac@gmu.edu to find out the latest!

Student Health Services

Whether you are exploring this page for the first time or you are attempting to quit smoking or using tobacco products for the 10th time, we welcome this chance to support your efforts to quit! To increase your chance of success, schedule an appointment at Student Health Services (703-993-2831) specifically for tobacco cessation.

Quit Now Virginia

Quit Now Virginia provides free information and coaching by telephone or online to residents who want to quit smoking or using tobacco. The counseling is offered by trained Quit Coaches; in combination with nicotine replacement therapy of medication prescribed by healthcare providers. This gives the patient the best chance of quitting successfully.

Call the National Quit Line for more help:

English:  1-866-QUIT-4-LIFE

Para Español, llame al 1-866-784-8454 y oprima 2.

Cannabis Resources

E-Checkup To Go

Ever think about your marijuana use? Wonder how they compare to other college students’? Complete a confidential, online assessment and get some feedback. You remain anonymous while the assessment generates personalized feedback about your own patterns, risk, and aspirations/goals. You’ll also learn about helpful resources at George Mason University and in the community.

Virginia Laws

Though cannabis laws in the United States are changing, it is still illegal to possess in Virginia.

Latest Research

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has published the latest research and evidence about marijuana and it’s impacts on health.

Narcotics and Opioid Resources

SAMSHA

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Also known as, the Treatment Referral Routing Service, SAMSHA’s Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish.

1-800-662-HELP (4357)
TTY: 1-800-487-4889

 

Chris Atwood Foundation

The Chris Atwood Foundation, a local organization created by the family of Chris Atwood, a Mason Student who passed away from an opioid overdose. Their mission is to save lives from opioid overdose, support recovery from substance use disorder, and defeat the stigma substance use.

S.A.F.E. Project

S.A.F.E. Project’s Treatment and Recovery Line of Operation provides resources, consultation, and programming to strengthen and advance community efforts to effectively respond to substance use challenges.