Student Health Services, Room 268
For more information, contact Heidi Ortiz at (562) 985-5859.
The Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Program (ATOD) is 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.
Drinking to calm nerves, forget worries, or boost a sad mood
Guilt about drinking
Unsuccessful attempts to cut down/stop drinking
Lying about or hiding drinking habits
Causing harm to oneself or someone else as a result of drinking
Needing to drink increasingly greater amounts in order to achieve the desired effect
Feeling irritable, resentful or unreasonable when not drinking
Medical, social, family or financial problems
Spending a great deal of time getting alcohol and drinking alcohol
Drinking in risky situations, such as before driving or before engaging in unwanted/unprotected sex