SAFE T-BIRDS: Say NO to Substance Abuse

KNOW the Facts
Alcoholism is a chronic disease that will affect a person for an entire lifetime. There are four main symptoms that are present when someone is dealing with alcohol dependence:

* Craving - having a strong need or urge to drink alcohol
* Loss of control - not being able to stop drinking once drinking has started
* Physical dependence - withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweating, shakiness and anxiety after drinking has stopped
* Tolerance - needing to drink greater amounts of alcohol to get high

Know if There is a Problem
If you think you might have a problem, ask yourself:

* Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?
* Have you been annoyed if others expressed concern about your drinking?
* Have you ever felt guilty about your drinking?
* Have you ever had to drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?

DecideNO and Take Action NOW
You have a right to be safe. Seek out the following resources if you or someone you know has a problem with substance abuse.
* On Campus: CCCC Nurse Practitioner
* Concordia: Kerr's Counseling (785) 243-4164; Pawnee Mental Health Services (785) 243-8900; CKF Substance Abuse Treatement & Prevention Services (785) 243-6091
* Junction City: Alcoholics Anonymous (785) 762-6198; Pawnee Mental Health Services (785) 762-5250; Konza Prairie Community Health Center (785) 238-4711

Be an Active Bystander if Someone You KNOW is Abusing Substances

* Refuse to join in the behavior.
* Safely intervene to point out unacceptable behavior.
* Ask a college official help. You can make a positive difference in someone's life.
* Tell the individual that you want to help him or her.
* Encourage them to contact college officials or counselors and offer to go with them for support.


The SAFE T-BIRDS program is Cloud County Community College's prevention and education efforts to help stop relationship violence in support of title IX, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, the SaVE Act and Clery Act.