Vistas Online 2010

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.


Recovering College Students: Practical Considerations for College Counselors

Mark S. Woodford


The substance of choice for most college students, alcohol, is readily available and plays a part in the college socialization process (Prendergast, 1994). Recent prevalence data of drinking on college campuses indicates that 85% of college students reported having tried alcohol (Johnston, O‟Malley, Bachman, & Schulenberg, 2009), while a particular subset of college students (40%) drinks "heavily," defined as five or more drinks in a row (Johnston, O‟Malley, Bachman & Schulenberg, 2009). A study of more than 14,000 students at 119 U.S. colleges reported frequencies of DSM-IV diagnoses for alcohol abuse and dependence at 31.6% and 6.3%, respectively (Knight, Wechsler, Kuo, Seibring, Weitzman, & Schuckit, 2002).

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