Parking Alert - The parades scheduled for Friday afternoon and Saturday Oct. 3, have been canceled due to weather. During football Game Day Saturday, the Parade Ground will be closed to parking. Parking will be on a first-come, first-served, basis on paved areas only. Tailgating will not be allowed on the Parade Ground. For more information, click here.
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Karen Kirkpatrick
Office Manager

Ph: (540) 464-7667
Fax: (540) 464-7025
Email Cadet Counseling

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Center for Cadet Counseling (CCC)
Virginia Military Institute
VMI Health Center
448 Institute Hill, 2nd Floor
Lexington, VA  24450

Alcohol Assessment and Substance Abuse

The CCC staff provide alcohol assessment and education for cadets. These assessments can be voluntary or as a result of an alcohol related penalty. Each assessment is individualized and based on the particular cadet’s needs.


VMI has a strict zero-tolerance policy regarding alcohol. When a cadet receives an alcohol penalty (i.e. an A1 or A5) a substance abuse intake is the minimum requirement for compliance. Additional substance abuse services may be recommended by a licensed counselor. Cadets, if you receive an alcohol penalty, contact the Center for Cadet Counseling at (540) 464-7667 to schedule your substance abuse intake appointment.


The Center for Cadet Counseling also offers voluntary substance abuse services. Making changes prior to suffering from legal, academic, or VMI disciplinary consequences is strongly encouraged. To schedule a voluntary substance abuse assessment, contact our office at (540) 464-7667.

For more information on alcohol use, dependence, and how to identify a problem, visit special topics.

What constitutes dependence or problem use?

Abstinence   Non-Problematic Use
Complete non-use of substance

Use of substance in moderation, appropriate behavior, no harm from use (i.e. blackouts, fights, accidents, academic problems.
Incident Problem Use
An isolated event; a single episode of experiencing a problem or causing harm A pattern of use with negative consequences and multiple incidents; using despite knowledge that use causes harm or contributes to problems; use in situations that are physically dangerous (i.e. driving, swimming); moderation is still possible. 
Periodic loss of control in terms of how much you use and/or behavior surrounding use, substance use despite knowledge that causes problems for the individual, substance use criticized by family and/or friends, moderation becomes difficult or impossible.  

For more information on alcohol use, dependence, and how to identify a problem, visit special topics.

Take a free online assessment from the comfort of your room?

The "self-assessment" has two different assessments that are free, anonymous, and online. You can answer the questions as yourself or to help you evaluate a student or roommate. After completing the assessment, you may want to discuss the results further. Please contact our office, 540-464-7667, to schedule an appointment. Note that these assessments are to help evaluate causes for concern and are not a diagnostic tool. 

VMI's Alcohol and Drug Training:

Review our brief training power point that guidea you through the policies at VMI for cadets, faculty/staff, and the communities well-being as a whole.For more information on Alcohol, Tobacco, or Substances contact our office at 540-464-7667 or stop by the VMI infirmary. 

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Training