Online tools help students assess substance use

How much money are you spending on marijuana and alcohol? That is one question that the Tech Counseling Center interactive web assessment tools, e-CHUG and e-TOKE, ask.Tech staff is attentive to the well-being of the students, encouraging all students to make positive decisions regarding their physical and mental health. The Counseling Center website offers e-CHUG (electronic Check-Up to Go) and e-TOKE (electronic THC Online Knowledge Experience) as year-round services to students who would like to complete an online assessment of their current level of alcohol and marijuana use.

“Both web assessment tools are educational tools used to help create awareness and help with prevention,” said Cynthia Bryant, Counseling Center assistant. “Both tools are funded through a state program, and any student can take them.”

The e-CHUG is an interactive web assessment tool that allows students to enter information about their drinking patterns and receive feedback about their alcohol use. The assessment takes about six or seven minutes to complete.

The e-TOKE is an interactive web assessment tool that allows students to enter information about their marijuana use patterns and receive feedback about their use. The assessment takes about 10-15 minutes to complete.

“I think this tool is affective,” said a junior male. “I have always thought that I may be an alcoholic, and once I took the survey, it proved my point. This was a wake up call to me that I am greatly appreciative of.”

Your pattern, the cost to you, how you compare to other peers your age, how much is too much, and your tolerance level are just a few examples of the information given at the end of the assessment.

Both e-CHUG and e-TOKE are self-guided and require no face-to-face contact time with a counselor or administrator. Both assessments are confidential. The computer will record your score but not your name or other private information.

“I think this is a useful opportunity for students to see where they stand when it comes to these substances,” senior Tyler Manning said. “The results are eye opening, whether the feedback be positive or negative.”

A freshman female said, “I was surprised by the results that I got. I do not think I am anywhere near what it revealed. Overall, it was interesting to see the statistics.”

After all your information has been entered, you submit the form. The information entered is then authorized and processed. E-CHUG and e-TOKE calculate a number of variables and compare your responses to national college norms. At the end of the screening, your personalized feedback is displayed in an easy-to-read format.

This program is designed for individuals 18 or older. The survey is free and available to all Tech students.

If you have any questions about your results or would like a more thorough evaluation, call the Counseling Center at 931-372-3331.