In the following section, you will find information regarding substance use and abuse of alcohol, cannabis/marijuana, tobacco, and prescription medications.
If you are looking for information outside of the above four indicated substances, then please refer to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Alcohol consumption causes a number of changes in behavior and physiology and can be specifically harmful for a developing brain. Even low doses significantly impair judgment, coordination, and abstract mental functioning. While there are many positive reasons for drinking alcohol, statistics show that alcohol use is involved in a majority of violent behaviors on college campuses, including sexual assault, vandalism, fights, and incidents of drinking and driving. Continued abuse may lead to permanent damage to vital organs and deterioration of a healthy lifestyle.
If you answered yes to one or more of the questions above, or if you are concerned about alcohol use, call the Counseling Center at 410-704-2512 and talk to someone about this.
You may want to take an online, confidential assessment to gain more insight into your alcohol use and patterns.
Remember not all drinks are the same!
One Drink Equals:
Remembering how much you had to drink can get complicated - especially as time passes. Here are some suggestions to help you track your drinking:
See beyond has short videos of people telling their story of struggling with substance use problems and addiction as well as families who have experiences loss from addiction.
The use of marijuana will impair or reduce short-term memory and comprehension, alter sense of time, and reduce coordination and energy level. Users often have a lowered immune system and an increased risk of lung cancer. The active ingredient in marijuana, THC, is stored in the fatty tissues of the brain and reproductive system for a minimum of 28 to 30 days, and possibly longer for chronic users.
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the US with approximately 22.2 million users each month.
Research shows that about 1 in 10 marijuana users will become addicted. For people who begin using before the age of 18, that number rises to 1 in 6.
If you want to learn more about marijuana or are interested in stopping or decreasing use, below are some resources.
Towson University’s smoke free policy prohibits all forms of smoking, including electronic cigarettes, in all campus buildings and on all exterior groups.
This policy has been in effect since August 1, 2010 following two years of development and input from students, faculty, and staff.
Your blood pressure and heart rate will drop back down to normal.
Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels will drop by half.
Oxygen levels will return to normal.
The change of having a heart attack will have decreased.
All nicotine will have left your body.
Your sense of taste and smell will return to a normal level.
Breathing becomes easier.
Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.
Your circulation will increase and will continue to improve over the next 10 weeks.
Coughing, wheezing, and breathing problems will dissipate as your lung capacity improves by 10%.
Your risk of a heart attack will have dropped by half.
Your risk of having a stroke returns to that of a non-smoker.
Your risk of lung cancer will have returned tot hat of a non-smoker.
Your risk of heart attack will have returned to that of a non-smoker.
E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat a liquid and produce an aerosol, or mix of small particles in the air. There is a myth that e-cigarettes are more safe than traditional cigarettes; however they contain many toxic chemicals that are potentially more addictive than cigarettes.
According to Monitoring the future, past 30 day use of e-cigarettes increased by 50% in the past year. Highest rates of these products are seen in people aged 18-24.
A variety of free classes are offered throughout Baltimore County to help residents quit smoking. These programs use a positive behavior change approach to help participants develop their own plan on how to quit
Free nicotine replacement patches, gum, lozenges, and Chantix (with prescription) is available to those attending cessation classes.
Find classes nearby and get the tools, resources, and support to quit smoking.
Towson University's Health Center also provides free information and counseling for smoking cessation.