Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Prevention, Early Intervention and Recovery Support Services

The John Fontaine Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education, located in the University Health Center, creates a low-risk environment by supporting change in the campus/community culture and educating and empowering students.

The Fontaine Center is located in the University Health Center.

Alcohol and Other Drug Education Coordinators in the Fontaine Center, part of the University Health Center, provide prevention, early intervention and recovery support services for all UGA students.

Students and parents attending summer orientation sessions participate in alcohol and other drug education sessions facilitated by Fontaine Center staff. These sessions are interactive, take a harm reduction approach and provide campus and community resources for students. AlcoholEdu is a mandatory online alcohol education course required for all incoming first-year and transfer students prior to their arrival on campus.

The Fontaine Center offers additional programs and presentations designed to meet specific population needs. Throughout the year, students can participate in a range of programs that teach critical life skills intended to encourage resiliency and life-long personal well-being. Some of the Center’s signature programs include active bystander intervention training (Watch Dawgs), “Do it Sober” alcohol-free events, organization risk management training, understanding alcohol and its impact on nutrition and athletic performance, and many more.

The Fontaine Center offers multiple levels of support to meet the needs of students referred for violations of the UGA Alcohol and Other Drug policy and/or referrals from the community courts. Students concerned about their own substance use may schedule an appointment to meet with one of the Fontaine Center staff members for a consultation. The Fontaine Center employs a wide range of research-informed strategies that encourage healthy behavior change and connect at-risk students to resources in order to support personal and academic success. The following are some of the programs run by the Fontaine Center:

  • BASICS: Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students
  • DAWGS: Drugs and Alcohol With Good Sense (10 hour class)
  • Mentor Program
  • AOD Individual Consultation
  • REALMS: Psychoeducational group co-facilitated by The Fontaine Center and Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

The Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) provides an environment where students recovering from addiction can find peer support as well as other recovery support services while navigating their own college experience. The CRC is part of The University Health Center, Fontaine Center and is located in Memorial Hall.

P.A.D.E. (Fontaine Center Peers for Alcohol & Other Drug Education) was created in the fall of 2008 to increase student involvement in the efforts of alcohol awareness and education within the Fontaine Center. The group works together to improve the safety and success of UGA students by advising the alcohol awareness and educational endeavors put forth by the Fontaine Center.

Support group meetings are available on campus and include AA/EDA/ and Al-Anon. In addition, a monthly celebration of recovery meeting (Got Recovery) takes place on the third Thursday of the month in Memorial Hall.

For additional information regarding:

  • Health risks or support resources for students, contact the Director of The Fontaine Center, 706‑542‑8690.
  • The University’s policies on alcohol and other drugs as they pertain to students, contact the Director for Student Conduct, 706‑542‑1131.
  • Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS), call 706‑542‑2273 for an appointment or go to
  • Counseling and treatment resources for employees and the University’s policies on alcohol and other drugs as they pertain to employees, contact the Faculty and Staff Relations Department, 706‑542‑9756.


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