This 4th of July Don’t Miss a Thing

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Campus Craze Table

Come visit our table at Campus CRAZE on Wednesday, May 7th! We will be located near the entrance to the library. We have plenty of information for those seeking help for themselves or someone they know. Don’t forget to register for a $20 CAV CARD – free money!!

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JCCC Nell Mitchell Wellness Fair, Wednesday, April 23rd from 10AM until 2PM (JCCC Gym)

The Council Addressing Substance Abuse Issues (CASAI) will have a table set up in the JCCC GYM Fieldhouse (Indoor Track Area). Council members will be on hand to answer questions you may have or to provide you with literature on alcohol and other drugs. Johnson County Community College values the health and wellness of our students. The Council also sponsors a weekly recovery meeting on Wednesdays at 1:00 in GEB 256. Feel free to stop by if you have questions, are currently in recovery, or are seeking help. Meetings are based on a 12-Step program and are open to all.

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Online Help

Hazelden provides online help for those in recovery, as well as, for family/friends.  Their website allows you to “Interact with thousands of others who are maintaining, or seeking, lives free from addiction. Access chats, online meetings, and discussion boards that address your specific areas of interest any day, any time, from anywhere. You control your anonymity settings.”  Their link to join online is:

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Willie Mays Aikens – to speak at JCCC – 1:00pm 2/18


OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Baseball legend Willie Mays Aikens, who served 16 years in prison for drug offenses, will speak at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Polsky Theater at Johnson County Community College.

Aikens will talk in the Carlsen Center’s Polsky Theatre about his days as a star player and his struggle with substance abuse. The event is free and open to the public. Afterward, Aikens will be signing autographs on his book Safe at Home, by Gregory Jordan, which will be available for purchase. Continue reading

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Renamed “JCCC Alcohol/Substance Abuse Recovery Meetings”

In order to encompass more students, the Council Addressing Substance Abuse Issues (CASAI) has renamed the weekly 12-step meetings to include those struggling with either alcohol or drug abuse. Meetings are held from noon – 1:00 pm Fridays in RC146. All those focused on recovery are encouraged to attend but anyone seeking help or information are also welcome to attend.

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Is This Yours?

If this is yours, you are not alone.  Help is available. Call Lill at 913-469-8500 Extension 2435.

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This photo was taken June 4th, 2013,
in the Clock West Parking Lot at JCCC.

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No A.A. Meeting During Spring Break

The weekly Friday A.A. meeting will not be held the week of Spring Break (Friday, March 22) since the school is closed.  Meetings will resume the week following Spring Break.

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Presenting the Video: Spin the Bottle

The JCCC Council Addressing Substance Abuse Issues (CASAI) and JCCC’s Active Minds organization will co-host and present the video, Spin The Bottle, in the Craig Auditorium (GEB 233) on Tuesday, March 5th, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Council members, counselors, JCCC police, and members of AA will be available after the showing to answer your questions or offer support. Come join us!

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We live in a time when many young people engage in high-risk drinking. There are many factors that contribute to one’s decision to consume alcohol; however, recent research indicates that popular culture—advertising, movies, television shows, radio, etc.—has a significant influence on young people’s attitudes toward drinking. In an effort to translate the latest analysis of media, culture, and alcohol into an accessible format, the nonprofit Media Education Foundation has released a new video—Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies & Alcohol.

Award-winning media critics Jackson Katz and Jean Kilbourne examine how popular culture, by glamorizing and romanticizing excessive alcohol use, supports the notion that high-risk drinking is simply part of the college experience. In the world of popular culture, particularly in the world of media products aimed at young people, high-risk drinking has no negative consequences; in advertising, movies, television programs, and popular music, drinking is linked almost exclusively to good times, fun, spontaneity, and great sex. And while most of us know there is a negative side to alcohol, it is difficult to take the problems associated with high- risk drinking seriously, when the cultural representations we see of alcohol suggest that these negative consequences don’t even exist.

Interviews with health professionals—Alan Calhoun, Director, Medial Care, UMass-Amherst; Sally Linowski, Associate Director, Health Education, UMass- Amherst; and Ojae Beale, Program Director, Rape Crisis Services, UMass-Amherst —illustrate the negative effect alcohol is having on the lives of college students, from poor academic performance and addiction, to sexual assault and rape, to physical trauma and even death. Though our cultural representations of alcohol may suggest otherwise, the negative consequences of alcohol do indeed exist. Additionally, they affect men and women differently. In its analysis, Spin the Bottle looks at how gender and our definitions of masculinity and femininity, shape our expectations around and experiences with alcohol, particularly with respect to sex, sexuality, sexual freedom, and sexual assault.

Throughout the video, students, young men and women from four different colleges, discuss the drinking culture on their campuses and reflect on their own experiences with alcohol—these are perhaps the video’s most poignant voices. They discuss how the cultural messages they hear about alcohol, gender, sexuality, and what it means to be a college or university student, affect their lives. These young people express a desire to bring about change, and suggest that students themselves are ready to challenge the notion that high-risk drinking is a necessary part of the college experience.


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AA Meeting

There will be no JCCC campus A.A. meeting Friday, November 23rd as the college will be closed.

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