Drug-Free College

Central Piedmont Community College is committed to maintaining a safe and productive teaching and learning environment. Central Piedmont endorses the federal government's efforts in implementing the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989. This site is intended to provide information to the College community about the College’s Drug-Free College policies, standards of conduct for students and staff, the health risks of drug and alcohol abuse, programs available at Central Piedmont for students and staff, and legal sanctions related to drug and alcohol abuse. This site is not intended as a substitute for counseling and treatment, but it can be a helpful starting point. Those who are interested in speaking with a professional about their questions and concerns are encouraged to click on the appropriate box below for more information and to contact counseling services.

Drug-Free and Tobacco-Free College Information

Legal Sanctions for Drugs

Under federal and North Carolina state laws, illegal drug and alcohol activities carry criminal penalties. Note that both Federal and North Carolina law continue to prohibit the possession, sale, and delivery of marijuana and associated paraphernalia.

Getting Help for Drug Use

  • Alcohol and Drugs Self Assessments

    Are alcohol and drugs affecting you? Take a self-assessment.

  • Getting Help: Students

    The Personal Counseling Assistance Program (PCAP) is a free and confidential service provided to Central Piedmont students who are facing challenging times. The student and the Counselor work together to discover solutions for problems and create strategies for successfully meeting goals. Central Piedmont provides individual counseling to students with concerns about their use and abuse of substances. You may call your nearest campus to make an appointment with a counselor. Central Piedmont also has a Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) designed to help recovering students maintain their recovery and be successful in school.

    Multimedia Resources:

    • Youth and College Drinking: Breaking the Patterns

      • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration describes this video: Examines youth and college student abuse of alcohol, illegal drugs, and prescription drugs and the effects of substance abuse on student life and achievements. Discuss contributing factors and the prevention role that parents and schools can play. Click on the link under “Download Digital Version.”
    • "Young People Recover Part 1"  (video)
      • Talk Therapy TV in partnership with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers this video as a part of the Road to Recovery series. In this video, a panel of experts discuss treating addictions among our nation's youth.
  • Getting Help: Central Piedmont Employees

    The Central Piedmont Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides professional counseling and referral to Central Piedmont employees and their family members. For issues of drug and alcohol abuse, short-term counseling is available through this program. If necessary, referrals can be made to private counselors or community agencies. Treatment may also be available to employees and their family members through their health coverage. All services of the Employee Assistance Program are confidential. Call your EAP any time, day or night, to talk to an experienced counselor at 800.633.3353. You can also access other tools on the McLaughlin Young Associates website.

  • Getting Help: Veterans

  • Getting Help: Families

    • "Family Therapy Can Help" (PDF)

      • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration gives information on family therapy which covers what it is, who can attend, when it should start, goals, family therapy versus family education, who conducts the therapy, how it is organized, what happens in a particular session, what if family members are unwilling to participate, and whether is it effective.
    • Parental Alcoholism Carries Risk for Offspring to Develop the Same, Population-Based Study Confirms
      • Article gives information about the genetic predisposition to alcoholism
    • Are you in an unhealthy relationship with a person who is abusing alcohol or drugs? Read about patterns and characteristics of codependence. If you identify with any of the characteristics common to codependency, contact a counselor or attend an Al-Anon meeting.
  • Getting Help: Support Groups