Alcohol & Drugs


Brief Alcohol and Other Drug Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) is a service available for students who want to explore their alcohol and other drug use. It is designed to assist students in examining their own behaviors in a judgment-free environment.

BASICS is appropriate for anyone who uses alcohol or other drugs, whether you are concerned about your drinking or drug use or just curious to learn about how your use compares to others. BASICS will provide you with a structured opportunity to assess your own risk, identify potential changes that could work for you, and help you to reduce your risk for developing future problems.

What to expect

BASICS sessions are with Pepperdine Counseling Center staff members. Most assessments consist of two sessions; however, on occasion additional sessions are required.

If you are referred from the Judicial Affairs office and hope to provide evidence that you've completed your assessment you will need to sign a release of information that allows us to communicate with this office. It is important for you to know that the Counseling Center WILL NOT release specific information you've disclosed in your sessions. However, the Counseling Center is required to provide the Judicial Affairs office with information related to your attendance and recommendations based on the assessment findings.

Session I: You should arrive about 15-20 minutes before your scheduled time so that you can complete the necessary paperwork. Once your appointment begins, you will receive information about the assessment process and talk confidentially with the counselor about any past alcohol or drug use, as well as any potential stressors in your life that contribute to your current alcohol or drug use. At the end of this session you will most likely be given some homework which usually includes completing a short on-line assessment program called E-Chug or E-Toke. You will need to bring in the results of these assessments to your second session.

Session II: This session is primarily devoted to discussing the feedback from your interview and on-line assessment. In most cases, at the conclusion of this session you will receive recommendations about the need for on-going sessions or counseling.

Attendance Policy

We are happy to provide a professional assessment experience to all students, including those who are referred from the judicial affairs office. Judicial referrals have the option of completing their assessment with the Counseling Center or with an approved provider off-campus.

Students referred through the judicial affairs process should be aware of the missed sessions policy. Students are allowed one missed appointment or late cancellation (sessions cancelled or re-scheduled with less than 24 hours' notice). Any additional sessions missed or cancelled late will result in a referral back to the judicial affairs office, and may require completion of the assessment with an off-campus provider.