Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is the misuse or dependence of a mood altering substance, such as alcohol, marijuana, nicotine, opiates, etc. The symptoms of a substance abuse concern can be cognitive, behavioral or physiological. The American Addiction Center lists helpful resources and behavioral signs of someone who may be exhibiting substance abuse concerns.

*Warning: Please note that the signs and symptoms are indicators that something may be amiss, but the symptoms could be contributed to a mental or physical health problem. The above information is intended for educational purposes only and not as a diagnostic tool. If you or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms above, Counseling Services encourages you to schedule an appointment with a counselor or the appropriate professional to explore the concern further.

*Retrieved from Phoenix House

On campus Resources

Mental Health Services

Community Resources-Residential and Outpatient services

Phoenix House, Inc.

Great Lakes Recovery Centers-multiple locations

NorthCare Network

Community Resources-Outpatient only

Dial Help, Inc.

Alcoholics Anonymous-District 21

Narcotics Anonymous Group Support

SMART Recovery


Online Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

National Institute on Drug Abuse

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Addiction

Alcoholics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous

Online Resources for family & friends



Here is some information from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism on drinking among college students.

You can also take a look at this video that explains alcoholism and the causes, treatments, and symptoms that go along with it:


While marijuana is legal for adults over 21 in Michigan, here is a video that explains cannabis use disorder, the symptoms it presents, and potential treatment options:

Other drugs

 Drugs aren't just the hardcore stuff we hear about in movies or the news, like LSD and heroin. Drugs include everyday things like aspirin and caffeine as well. This video explains drug addiction from a scientific perspective: