Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Prevention, Early Intervention and Recovery Support Services
The Fontaine Center, part of the University Health Center, provides a continuum of care and services including Alcohol and Other Drug prevention, early intervention, and recovery support for UGA students. The Fontaine Center provides short term educational counseling and information for students who are concerned about their drinking or use of other drugs, or those of a friend or family member. We are also home to the CRC (Collegiate Recovery Community), which is committed to providing support for all students in recovery from substance-use disorders.
Alcohol Edu is a mandatory online alcohol education course required for all incoming first-year and transfer students prior to their arrival on campus. Additionally, incoming students and parents attending summer orientation participate in alcohol and other prevention programming that includes information about campus and community resources.
The Fontaine Center also offers additional programming and presentations throughout the year tailored to specific population needs. Students may engage in a spectrum of programs that teach critical life skills, support student success, resiliency and life-long well-being. Some of the Center’s signature programs include active bystander intervention training (Watch Dawgs), “Do it Sober” alcohol-free events, risk management training, Mentor Program, substance abuse and its impact on nutrition, sleep and athletic performance, and more.
The Fontaine Center also offers various levels of support to students referred to our office for support, counseling and education after 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 an initial consultation. 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 (4 session group)
- 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 weekly “Celebration of Recovery” meeting (Got Recovery) takes place on Thursday evenings 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 https://www.uhs.uga.edu/caps/welcome.
- 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.
Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning
Person is unresponsive, vomiting while passed out, slowed breathing (10 or less breaths per minute), lowered heart rate, bluish skin, clammy and/or cold skin.
If any one of these symptoms exist, call 911 for help, and while waiting with the person until medical help arrives:
- Gently turn them onto his/her side to prevent choking on vomit.
- Don’t leave them alone
- Do not throw water on the individual, and do not try to arouse them by moving them to a cold shower (may cause them to go into shock)