Welcome to Valley City State University's Counseling Services!
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A student may discuss any personal concern or issue with a counselor. Student concerns may involve relationships with others, unpleasant feelings, life decisions, values clarification, study problems, depression, eating disorders, sexual identity issues, alcohol or drug abuse, or general confusion. Group counseling, workshops and seminars, consultations, and referrals are also provided by the counseling office.

Any personal concern is appropriate to bring to a counselor. Any subject can be discussed, any type of discomfort, or just simply a relaxing talk. Everything is kept confidential.
Alcohol and other drug information
Save A Life: at high doses, alcohol can be deadly! It is important that you know the signs and symptoms of an alcohol overdose (acute alcohol intoxication):

Signs of an Alcohol Overdose:
  • Irregular breathing (lapses of more than 8 seconds between breaths)
  • Person cannot be woken up
  • Person is unconscious or semi-conscious
  • Seizures
  • Skin color is pale or bluish
  • Skin is cold, clammy
  • Slow breathing of 8 or less breaths per minute
  • Vomiting
What to Do:
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately
  • Contact an RA if in the Residence Hall
  • Stay Calm
  • Stay with person until help arrives
  • Turn the person on their side to avoid choking
North Dakota does have the medical amnesty law for alcohol-related emergencies. This law states:

"An individual under twenty-one years of age is immune from criminal prosecution under this section
if that individual contacted law enforcement or emergency medical services and reported that another individual under twenty-one years of age was in need of medical assistance due to alcohol consumption, provided assistance to the individual in need of medical assistance until assistance arrived and remained on the scene, or was the individual in need of medical assistance and cooperated with medical assistance and law enforcement personnel on the scene. the maximum number of individuals that may be immune for any one occurrence is five individuals" More information can be found: http://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t05c01.pdf
The Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO at VCSU is a brief self-assessment that will provide you with accurate and detailed information about your personal risk along with harm reduction strategies... Click here for more information
January 2014 CADCA Responds to President Obama's Comments on Marijuana:
Gen. Arthur T. Dean, Chair and CEO of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), provided the following statement in response to President Obama's comments on marijuana.
In part: "CADCA is concerned that only a portion of what the President said during his interview has made headlines, when in fact the President expressed some serious concerns about marijuana legalization. CADCA believes that substance abuse is a public health concern and has wide-reaching negative effects on our young people and society. We echo the President's sentiment that the case of marijuana legalization is 'overstated' and will not solve many social problems our society faces."...

"However, as an organization that represents community coalitions working to reduce drug use among our nation's youth, CADCA is deeply concerned with the President's comment that marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol. The two leading causes of preventable death in the US are alcohol and tobacco. Can adding another legal drug and creating another legal drug industry really be in our country's best interest? We think not."

"As Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has often stated, marijuana use is not harmless. Regular marijuana use can have profound negative effects on the teenage developing brain. It can hamper a young person's ability to learn and affect their development. Smoking the drug at a young age increases a young person's chances of becoming addicted to marijuana and other drugs into adulthood."

"The President's remarks and comments carry significant impact... therefore, we as that the President consider the wide body of research showing the harms of marijuana use on young people and use the bully pulpit to positively influence teens."