Student Health Services, Room 268
For more information, contact Heidi Ortizat (562) 985-5859.
The Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Program (ATOD) is very aware of the need and significance of offering open AA meetings on campus for any and all students that might wish to attend, whether they be a sober alcoholic, someone with a drinking problem, or must attend due to a court order.
Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive illness. It can never be cured. However, alcoholism can be arrested. Many sober alcoholics feel that the illness represents the combination of a physical sensitivity to alcohol and a mental obsession with drink, that, regardless of consequences, cannot be broken by willpower alone.
Before attending an AA meeting, many “practicing” alcoholics think of themselves as morally weak or, possibly, mentally unbalanced. The AA concept is that alcoholics are sick people who can recover if they will follow a simple program that has proved successful for more than 1.5 million men and women.