Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Prevention, 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 substance misuse prevention, early intervention, and recovery support for UGA students. The Fontaine Center provides brief counseling and education for students who are concerned about their personal substance use, or those of a friend or family member. We are also home to the Collegiate Recovery Program (CRC), which is committed to providing support and social connections for all students in recovery from substance-use disorders and eating disorders.
Alcohol Edu is an online alcohol education course required for all incoming first-year and transfer students prior to their arrival on campus.
The Fontaine Center also offers additional prevention programming throughout the year tailored to specific campus needs and populations. Students can also participate in a variety of well-being programs that teach critical life skills and support student advocacy and lifelong health. Some of the Center’s signature programs include upstander intervention training (UMatter), “Do it Sober” alcohol-free events, risk management training for student organizations, Wellness Coaching, nutrition counseling, cooking classes, and much more. The Fontaine Center also offers support programs to students who are referred to our office for violations of the UGA Policy on Alcohol and other Drugs 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 available to students:
- BASICS: Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students
- Peer Mentor Program
- AOD Individual Consultation
- Individual Brief Alcohol and other Substance Counseling
- Wellness Coaching
The CRC provides to those with a substance use disorder peer support as well as other recovery support services while navigating their own college experience. The CRC 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 campus prevention efforts within the Fontaine Center. The team works together to improve the safety and success of UGA students by providing a student voice in programs and resources provided by the Fontaine Center.
Support group meetings are available on campus and include AA/Al-Anon and a body image support group. In addition, a weekly “Celebration of Recovery” meeting (Got Recovery) takes place in Memorial Hall.
For additional information regarding:
- Substance misuse risks or support services for students, contact the Director of The Fontaine Center, 706-542-8690.
- The University’s policies on alcohol and other drugs as they relate 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 caps.uga.edu.
- 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 exists, 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).