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(approx 20 minutes)

Provides brief, personalized feedback on your use and related risk factors.



Individual Consultation & Referral

Free individual consultations are available for students wanting to discuss alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues concerning themselves or their friends.

Call to set up a confidential meeting with a licensed professional.

Call (928) 771-6183

Connect with your peers

wellness pinwheel  The YC RecoverSmart Club offers a safe space for collaboration and shared interest for all addictions. Club members work to raise awareness and educate those interested in a healthy, sober lifestyle and show them that they can have fun, enjoy the perks of life and have a sense of community.

recovery imageThe Health & Prevention Club creates opportunities for students and YC community members to participate in substance free wellness based activities and educational workshops. 

Contact:  Judy Brennen Director, Alcohol & Drug Prevention (928) 771-6183

Understanding Alcohol and Drug Issues - Facts & Resources

How to help a friend

Are you worried about a friend’s substance use?  You are not alone. The following tips may provide some ways to express your concern to someone you care about.

Remember we cannot “make” a person change, we can support them and encourage them to seek help!

What to say:

  • Start with “I”. Using an I statement to approach your loved one can help to prevent them from becoming defensive. “I care about your and I am really worried about your drinking.” ” I notice you’ve been drinking more than usual lately. What’s going on?”
  • Just telling your friend that you are concerned can be a big help. Your friend may not want to talk about it, and the effects of drugs on the brain may keep them from “hearing” you or acting on your advice.
  • Assure your friend you are there for them and that they are not alone. People with alcohol or drug problems often have gotten in with the wrong crowd—and they don’t want to turn away from these so-called friends for fear of being alone.
  • Suggest that he speak to a trusted adult who will keep it confidential. Maybe there’s a family friend or relative who could help.

If you’re worried your friend may have suicidal thoughts that they could act on turn to a professional for immediate help if the problem looks to be too big for you to handle alone. Call 911 or the Suicide Prevention Lifeline   1-800-273-TALK (8255)
TTY:  1-800-799-4889       Website:

Things you can do:

Be a good role models for them by making smart choices yourself.

Understand that ( addiction is a brain disease.). Just like you wouldn’t expect someone with cancer to be able to heal herself without a doctor's help and the right treatment, and support from family and friends. You can’t expect your friend to heal themselves.

  • It's never easy for anyone to admit that they have an alcohol or drug problem. Try to be patient—and not give up easily. Learn more about addiction yourself, seek help from professional sources on or off campus.
  • Learn more about alcohol and drug use from YC's campus resources or national resources on the web.
    • Listen, encourage, share, and support. Sounds easy, right? But it can be difficult. Attend an al-anon meeting.
    • Remember you can’t fix anyone. However, you can wholly support them in their journey.
    • Contact Judy.brennen@ (928-771-6183) on the YC campus for personalized resources or to talk!

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Video Resources

Video index:

  1. What is Addiction? with Dr. Gabor Mate 
  2. Substance Use Disorders
  3. Genetics and Alcohol Use Disorder
  4. The Science of Addiction and the Brain
  5. Hooked, Hacked, Hijacked: Reclaim Your Brain from Addicted Living
  6. Alcohol Use Disorder Defined
  7. Alcohol Effects on Fitness - Bad For Your Gains
  8. Alcohol & Muscle Building--Science You Should Know
  9. Marijuana Affects Athletic Performance

Mission statement: The mission of the Partnership for Success grant at Yavapai College is to create and deliver prevention programming for students, up to 20 years of age, on the science of alcohol and marijuana use, and the holistic effects on their developing selves.

Credit:This program is funded in part through the SAMHSA grant Partnership for Success and the Arizona Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family.

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