Commitment to Helping

Commitment to Helping

The University of New Hampshire believes that most individuals can use alcohol in low-risk ways without any increased harm or negative conse­quences to themselves or others. However, the University also recognizes that some individuals will use alcohol in high-risk way which can negatively impact themselves and/or their community. A problem exists when one’s use of alcohol causes physical or emotional harm, impairs one’s judgment, infringes upon the rights of others, or interferes with one’s work relation­ships, or daily life. The University regards alcohol problems as it does other behavioral/medical ones and does not attach a moral or social stigma to such personal difficulties. However, persons with such problems will be held fully responsible for their behaviors that violate University regulations or state or local laws.

Alcohol and other chemical dependency problems can be treated success­fully if they are identified as early as possible and if appropriate treatment programs are promptly instituted. When the capacity to make informed decisions regarding alcohol and other drug use has been impaired or com­promised, prompt and appropriate intervention can help a majority of the individuals involved. The University is committed to encouraging and assist­ing its members (both individually and groups) who are experiencing these problems to obtain the help they need. The University is also committed to providing educational and counseling services aimed at preventing these problems from developing.