the alcohol and other drug program of arcadia university, as part of the university counseling services, addresses the developmental needs of students regarding their choices around the use of mood-altering substances. the program strives to do this by providing the opportunity to increase competency in decision-making in personal use, and in identifying and intervening during high-risk situations in their campus and home communities. since study abroad and crossing cultures are such an integral part of the arcadia academic experience, the program attempts to integrate components of safety related to substance use, into these sometimes challenging experiences.
this free, confidential, non-judgmental program uses the public health model to examine the biopsychosocial nature of substance use and the potential for its serious personal and relational impacts in the college population. the goal is to prevent and/or minimize long and short-term consequences related to use of a substance.