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  1. Resident Assistant Training Alcohol and Other Drug Education 08.28.2008

  2. How can a Resident Assistant actively participate in the prevention of student alcohol and other drug abuse? Resident Assistant Training:Alcohol and Other Drug Education

  3. Knowledge: • Rose Hill and Lincoln Center substance abuse trends • Basic facts about commonly used alcohol and other drugs • Fordham’s “risk reduction” prevention philosophy Skills: • Building community (floor, hall, campus) • Having individual conversations with residents • Planning educational and social programs Resident Assistant Training:Alcohol and Other Drug Education

  4. Alcohol & Other Drug Trivia True/False: You can fail a drug test by just handling marijuana. False Resident Assistant Training:Alcohol and Other Drug Education

  5. Alcohol & Other Drug Trivia _______________ is a psychoactive herb that when smoked can induce strong short term hallucinogenic effects. Answer: Salvia Divinorum Hallucinogen use past year: 7% LC, 4% RH Mouse Party Resident Assistant Training:Alcohol and Other Drug Education

  6. Prescription drug abuse • Using a prescription drug that was not prescribed for you • Taking a prescription drug only for the experience or feeling it caused • Taking a medication in a form, dose or on a schedule other than that prescribed CASA, 2005; NIDA, 2002 Alcohol and Other Drug EducationResident Assistant Training

  7. Alcohol and Other Drug EducationResident Assistant Training

  8. Alcohol & Other Drug Trivia Put these drugs in order of addictiveness: marijuana, nicotine, heroin. nicotine heroin marijuana Resident Assistant Training:Alcohol and Other Drug Education

  9. Alcohol & Other Drug Trivia What is a “standard” drink? A standard drink contains approximately one-half ounce of pure alcohol 1.25 oz. (one shot) of 80-proof liquor 8 oz. malt liquor 12-oz. beer (4-5% alcohol) 4 oz. glass of wine (12% alcohol) Resident Assistant Training:Alcohol and Other Drug Education

  10. Protective Strategy: Percentage of students at Rose Hill and Lincoln Center that have refused an offer of alcohol or drugs: Core Alcohol and Drug Survey (Spring 2007 Rose Hill N=2741, Lincoln Center N= 554). Alcohol and Other Drug EducationResident Assistant Training

  11. Alcohol & Other Drug Trivia How many standard drinks are contained in a 64 oz. pitcher of beer? 5.3 Resident Assistant Training:Alcohol and Other Drug Education

  12. Alcohol & Other Drug Trivia What factors affect blood alcohol concentration? • Drink strength • Rate of consumption and amount consumed • Gender • Food • Body type and size • Age • Emotional State • Medications • Carbonation Resident Assistant Training:Alcohol and Other Drug Education

  13. Blood Alcohol Concentration Resident Assistant Training:Alcohol and Other Drug Education

  14. Blood Alcohol Concentration http://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/CollegeStudents/calculator/default.aspx Resident Assistant Training:Alcohol and Other Drug Education

  15. Alcohol & Other Drug Trivia When used together, cocaine and ___________ combine to create a third substance, cocaethylene, which intensifies cocaine’s euphoric effects, while increasing the risk of sudden death. Answer: Alcohol Resident Assistant Training:Alcohol and Other Drug Education

  16. Alcohol & Other Drug Trivia Topic: How do I know if I have a problem with marijuana? What are the 6 criteria for marijuana dependence ? • Great deal of time spent obtaining, consuming, or recovering • Tolerance • Giving up important activities (social, occupational, recreational) • Continued use despite knowledge of physical or psychological problems • Unsuccessful efforts to cut down • Consuming larger amounts than intended What are the 4 criteria for marijuana abuse? • Regularly used and put self in physical danger • Continued use despite problems with family or friends • Serious problems at home, work, or school • Repeated trouble with the law Resident Assistant Training:Alcohol and Other Drug Education

  17. Alcohol & Other Drug Trivia What are some signs of marijuana use? Dilated (large) pupils Reduced coordination Bloodshot eyes Smell on clothing, in room, or in car Sleepy appearance Red, puffiness under the eyes Anxiety Impaired judgment Difficulty thinking Euphoria Increased appetite, craving sweets Impaired short term memory Distorted sensory perceptions Sensation that time is passing slowly Resident Assistant Training:Alcohol and Other Drug Education

  18. Part 4. Risk Reduction: Fordham’s approach to alcohol abuse prevention “will I get into trouble if I talk to my Resident Assistant about drinking?” Alcohol and Other Drug EducationResident Assistant Training

  19. Fordham’s approach to alcohol abuse prevention What is risk reduction? • allows RAs to enforce policy and have conversations with their residents about the risks associated with alcohol consumption. • acknowledges that ignoring a problem will not solve it. Alcohol and Other Drug EducationResident Assistant Training

  20. Fordham’s approach to alcohol abuse prevention What risk reduction is not: • it allows residents to drink, as long as they don’t do it in the residence halls. • provide the RA with the opportunity to not document safe drinking events. • “I approved this message.” • -Dean Rodgers Alcohol and Other Drug EducationResident Assistant Training

  21. Fordham’s approach to alcohol abuse prevention How does this work? • Resident Assistants are expected to consistently enforce policy. • When appropriate,RAs are also expected to have conversations with residents about alcohol consumption and related behaviors. • The purpose of these conversations is to increase awareness of drinking related risks and protective strategies. Alcohol and Other Drug EducationResident Assistant Training

  22. Fordham’s approach to alcohol abuse prevention Is this possible with underage residents? • Yes, but it needs to be done carefully and the tone must be set during the first floor meeting. • need to be clear about your role as an enforcer of policy (will prevent argument about safe drinking) • conversations should be educational (use what you learned today, not personal experience) Alcohol and Other Drug EducationResident Assistant Training

  23. Fordham’s approach to alcohol abuse prevention • “I’m not here to write you up, I’m concerned about you because I have noticed…” • “It’s important that we discuss some of the risks associated with your behavior…” • Use OARS strategies, provide information, offer resources to resident. • “I want to be clear that if I observe you violating policy, I will have to document it.” Alcohol and Other Drug EducationResident Assistant Training

  24. Part 5. having conversations with residents about drinking and other behaviors Alcohol and Other Drug EducationResident Assistant Training

  25. Transtheoretical Model for Change (TTM) Alcohol and Other Drug EducationResident Assistant Training

  26. Q: How can the Residential Life staff contribute to alcohol abuse prevention through community building and programming? • Targeted programming, in addition to reoccurring programs. • Educational programming must be relevant and appealing. • Collaborate with other departments. • Address positive expectations related to alcohol consumption. • Consistently enforce policy. • Serve as a role model. • Maintain regular contact with residents. • Monitor floor cleanliness and physical environment. Don’t forget about Awareness Campaigns! www.fordham.edu/aode aodeprogram.blogspot.com Alcohol and Other Drug EducationResident Assistant Training

  27. Programming Social Educational Awareness Passport vol. x PARty Peer Educators Alcohol and Other Drug EducationResident Assistant Training

  28. Action Plan How do you plan on using all of this information? Community Building Programming Individual Conversations Awareness Alcohol and Other Drug EducationResident Assistant Training