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Alcohol, Drugs, & Addiction


Counseling Center

Furrow Hall

175 West Knox Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Drew residence hall in the spring.

Addictions can be debilitating mentally and physically. Developing dependence on substances or behaviors like sex and gambling can train the brain to find enjoyment only through the addiction.  

Noticing and reacting to early signs of addictive behavior is important because it can help mitigate long term health concerns and social consequences. A college campus can be enabling to certain addictions, but by being mindful of substance use and addictive behaviors you may help ensure that lifelong problems do not arise.

If you are concerned about possible addictive behavior, please schedule an appointment with Counseling Services by calling 309.341.7492.

Signs of an Addiction

  • Engaging in the addictive behavior more often or in larger amounts than intended
  • Persistent desire to cut back without being able to do so
  • Craving the addictive behavior and/or spending a large amount of time thinking about it
  • Failure to fulfill major role obligations
  • Increased tolerance

Coping Tips for Addictions

  • Avoid high-risk situations where you are likely to engage in the addictive behavior. This could be a place, a friend group, or even a state such as fatigue or loneliness.
  • Focus on positive thoughts and practice finding gratitude in every situation.
  • Re-purpose energy from anger or cravings into something creative or constructive.
  • Build a support system for your sober life with family, friends, and a support group.
  • Make a commitment to truth. Addictions tend to make lying a habit that will distract from the nature of the problem and work against your recovery efforts.

Online Resources

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, come to Counseling Services during business hours. After business hours call Campus Safety (309.341.7979) or call 9-1-1. Click Crisis Sessions for more information.

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Printed on Sunday, October 21, 2018