Alcohol and Drug Programming
Early recognition and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse is important for successful rehabilitation; to this end, the College encourages the earliest possible diagnosis of and treatment for alcohol and drug abuse or problematic use and, whenever possible, will assist students in overcoming substance abuse by referring them to appropriate on- or off-campus resources.
It is the College’s intent to inculcate a positive sense of independence and originality in the culture of Bard undergraduates. We work on developing constructive initiatives designed to engage the hearts and minds of students in ways that reduce the allure of self-destructive behavior. The College provides educational programs and counseling services to increase awareness of the issues of alcohol and illegal drug use and to assist those in need of help, including students struggling with addiction and chemical dependency. Helping someone to get treatment for problem or addictive use is an act of legitimate and reasonable concern, and the College will respect and protect the privacy of students who voluntarily seek assistance.
The College’s BRAVE Counselors, Peer Counselors, Peer Health Educators and College’s Wellness Committee work to educate the community on issues related to substance use and abuse, and promote and support healthy lifestyles through programs and promotional campaigns. These resources support students in the majority, who choose to abstain from the use of alcohol and drugs or who choose to use alcohol in a legal, safe and responsible way.