Alcohol/Substance Use Concerns

Alcohol and/or substance use concerns can be life threatening and requires an immediate response. If a person has any of the following symptoms of alcohol poisoning or is suffering from acute alcohol intoxication, you should call 911 immediately. Some common signs of alcohol overdose include the following:

  • unconscious or semi-unconscious state and cannot be awakened
  • cold, clammy, pale, or bluish skin
  • breathing less than eight times per minute
  • breathing irregularly
  • breathing with ten seconds or more between breaths
  • vomiting while sleeping or passed out, and not waking up after vomiting
  • pulse rate less than 60 beats per minute.

When a student suffers alcohol poisoning and/or is transported to the hospital for alcohol or other drug use, this behavior is considered serious and appropriate interventions are created to assist the student. Student Assistance staff will contact these students and respond to the student's immediate health and well-being, help students identify the appropriate campus and community resources, discuss any impact on their academic success, and encourage the student to engage in healthier behaviors. 



Collegiate Recovery Community is a support-based and student-focused program to provide and connect students in recovery or seeking recovery from issues such as substance use, gambling, gaming, and more to the necessary services, resources, and opportunities to help them thrive at ISU. There are other resources available on the Student Wellness website for students in recovery or experiencing substance use concerns. The staff in Student Assistance partner closely with campus and community resources to connect students to help and support for substance use concerns.