Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Prevention Program

Please contact John Boyne from the Counseling and College Success department with any questions or concerns related to alcohol and drug issues. (608-246-6076 for our front desk; 608-616-3418 for direct line;

We can offer engaging class presentations as well as consultation about assisting a student with AODA issues. Students can receive AODA assessments and referral to appropriate services on campus or in the community.

We are not able to offer assessments to satisfy legal sanctions but the college does offer a class called Group Dynamics that can satisfy some traffic safety legal sanctions. Call 608-258-2450 for more information on this class.

Madison College recognizes that drug and alcohol dependency or abuse can cause major health problems, as well as  safety and security problems. It is important to point out that even being impaired can cause significant problems. Just being drunk can lead to a DUI, a fight, or a tragedy even if it's the first time the person has been drunk.

Alcohol or drug abuse means that the use of a substance has caused a problem in the life of either the user or a significant other. Dependency means that the person is using to feel normal and has no ability to abstain. Students are encouraged to address problems due to alcohol or other drug use as soon as possible. It makes no sense to wait until dependency has developed.

 Some of the problems due to alcohol or another drug include:

  • Diseases of the liver, brain, heart, pancreas and every other organ and/or system in the body;
  • Depression, moodiness, disorientation and lack of inhibitions, which can lead to increased risk of accident, suicide and violent behavior including homicide;
  • Difficulties with memory, concentration, attention span, abstract reasoning and the ability to process perceptual information in a manner consistent with reality;
  • Spontaneous miscarriage and fetal malformations including physical, cognitive and emotional problems which can be permanent; and
  • The risk of dependency and its related physical, mental, emotional, social, legal, family and financial problems.

Students are expected to become familiar with the materials related to the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act.

Drug Free Schools and Community Act Video

A student in need of assistance to work through such problems is encouraged to contact the AODA Specialist. Conscientious efforts to seek such help shall not in themselves jeopardize any student’s enrollment and will not be noted in the student’s educational record. Any assistance provided can be done anonymously and is kept completely confidential within legal guidelines. If needed, this could include referral to agencies providing AODA treatment.