Substance Use & Abuse


Helpful Links

Web of Addictions
National Institute on Drug Abuse  
Narcotics Anonymous - Memphis Area 
Narcotics Anonymous - International 
Cocaine Anonymous - International

Rhodes College has written policies on use of alcohol and other drugs on campus. Check your Student Handbook for policies related to alcohol and drug use.

Alcohol and other drugs (whether prescription or illegal) misuse, abuse, addiction can seriously impair academic performance and your future. Many college students cite "experimentation" with drugs and alcohol as a "right" during college and believe such experimentation is not dangerous. Check into some of the following information about alcohol and other drugs. Find out the facts; stop believing the myths.

If you are interested in finding out how to help yourself or someone else with an alcohol or drug use problem, contact the Counseling and Student Development Center at ext. 3895. You might also check into the following resources:


NCADD Hopeline
Will refer the caller to a local affiliate office of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Callers can also leave their name and address to receive written information about alcohol and other drug abuse. Touch tone phone is required. 24 hours.

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
1-800-729-6686; 1-800-487-4889 TDD
The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) is the world′s largest resource for current information and materials about alcohol and other drugs. NCADI is the information service of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. 8 am - 7 pm EST, M-F.

NAPARE (National Association of Perinatal Addiction Research Education) Alcohol, Drug, and Pregnancy Hotline
Provides information and counseling. 9 am - 5 pm CST, M-F

Provides help and referrals for people with concerns about alcohol or drug use. 24 hours.

Al-Anon/Alateen Family Group Headquarters, Inc
800-344-2666 (U.S.)
800-443-4525 (Canada)
Provides information about Al-Anon/Alateen and referrals for local meetings.

Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc.
Provides information about AA and referrals for local meetings.

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Service
Can link the caller to a variety of hotlines that provide treatment referrals. 24 hours.

Recommended Readings

Substance Abuse:

Intervention: How to Help Someone Who Doesn′t Want Help. A step-by-step guide for families and friends of chemically dependent persons. Author: Vernon E. Johnson, D.D. Johnson Institute Books, 1986.

The Addictive Personality: Roots, Rituals and Recovery. Going beyond the definition that limits addiction to the realm of alcohol and other drugs, The Addictive Personality uncovers the common denominators of all addictions and how, over time, an addictive personality develops. Author: Craig Nakken; Hazelden Books, 1988.

When Your Parent Drinks Too Much: A Book for Teenagers. A resource for understanding alcoholism, why you can′t cure your parent′s drinking problem, how you can ′detach′ from the disease to improve your own life, how to handle the shame and guilt, and where to go for help. Author: Eric Ryerson. Facts on File Publications, 1985.


Adult Children of Alcoholics. A best seller that addresses the effects of family addiction on the adult child′s past and present and how he or she can break the cycle. Author: Janet Geringer Woititz, Ed.D. Health Communications, Inc. 1983.

A Workbook for Healing: Adult Children of Alcoholics. A self-paced workbook for healing that offers specific exercises on how to evaluate childhood experiences with adult awareness, resolve lingering anger, sadness and pain, forgive the alcoholic parent in your past, and use affirmations to achieve peace of mind. Author: Patty McConnell. Harper & Row Publishers, 1986.

Perfect Daughters: Adult Daughters of Alcoholics. Are women who were raised in alcoholic families different from women raised in non-alcoholic families? This book brings together the thoughts, ideas and feelings of more than 1200 women as they examine the effects of family addiction on their adult lives. Author: Robert J. Ackerman, Ph.D. Health Communications, Inc. 1989.

Co-Dependence: Misunderstood, Mistreated. An exploration of our view and understanding of co-dependence that goes beyond close relationships with a chemically dependent person to include troubled and unhealthy relationships in general. Author: Anne Wilson Schaef. Harper & Row, Publishers, 1986.