Drug and Alcohol Counseling - Health and Wellness Center - Penn State Altoona

Health Education

Alcohol and Other Drugs


Sometimes you may find your alcohol/other drug use is causing you some problems (relationship issues, academic problems, legal issues). Wanting to talk to someone about your use of alcohol/other drugs does not imply that you are addicted. Counseling can help you to explore your use to determine what steps you need to take: perhaps you just need to cut down, or, you may want to quit altogether.

Sometimes you may find that another person’s use of alcohol/other drugs is affecting you. Maybe your roommate often comes back to your room/apartment after drinking too much and ends up waking you up. Perhaps you are concerned because your boyfriend/girlfriend can’t control his/her use of alcohol and when he/she is drunk they act like a different person (e.g. argumentative, jealous, depressed, flirts with others, etc). What if a close friend or family member is addicted to pain pills (opiates) and you don’t know how to help them?

Confidential individualized counseling with the Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor is available to all students who have questions or concerns about their own or others use. Full-time students are eligible for eight sessions per year at no cost. There is a nominal fee for part-time students and full-time students who have exceeded eight sessions.

Essie Auker is the Alcohol and Drug Counselor at the Health and Wellness Center. Essie has over thirty years experience working with people who are having issues with alcohol/other drug use and /or mental health issues. She is a Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor.

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Through Health Education, we strive to help students gain knowledge and skills to make proactive decisions, promoting their health and well-being.

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