"Balancing Alcohol & Substance Use to Improve College Success"  NOW AVAILABLE ON ZOOM!

What is BASICS?

BASICS is a confidential service that provides students with an opportunity to explore their alcohol and other drug use. BASICS is designed to assist students in examining their own substance use patterns and experiences in a non-judgmental setting. The goal of BASICS is to help students reduce high-risk behaviors and harmful consequences from substance use so that they can improve their success in college, both personally and academically.

What can I expect in BASICS?

BASICS typically involves two 50-minute meetings with a health promotion specialist which are scheduled approximately one week apart. BASICS meetings are being done via Zoom while our campus is in "remote" mode due to the COVID-19 situation. In BASICS meetings, you will have an opportunity to discuss and explore your level of risk, consider possible changes you might make, and identify practical strategies that you could take to reduce your risk.

BASICS uses a harm-reduction approach, so it is not an abstinence-only program. Personal goals for achieving a healthy balance with substances are set by the students themselves. 

For a student's perspective, you may want to read this short blog post about BASICS.

You can schedule a BASICS appointment online! Or simply email us at healthpromotion@ithaca.edu.

Where is the BASICS Program located? Here's how to find us on campus (when we all return!)

The Center for Health Promotion is located on the lower level of Hammond Health Center. Enter the building from the outside staircase on the parking lot side, which leads down to the Office of Counseling & Wellness. When you enter the outside door, turn right and go down the hallway and through the door ahead. There are signs directing you to BASICS. There are chairs in the hallway in case your BASICS Provider is in session and you have to wait a few minutes.