Student Wellness Program


Drug addiction is a complex, chronic disease that alters the brain’s natural chemistry. Long-term use affects areas of the brain associated with: learning, judgment, decision-making, stress, memory, and behavior. Addiction is characterized by drug use that is compulsive and often times difficult to control. Considered a relapsing disease, drug addiction negatively impacts an individual’s self-control and resistance to taking drugs. However, drug addiction is treatable and can be successfully managed when an appropriate treatment plan is developed by a licensed health professional and continuously re-visited.

To find more information, or read the health effects of specific drugs, please visit the National Institute of Drug Abuse’s webpage, at:

Please note: if you require any one-on-one help or direction, the College of Medicine has a dedicated psychologist to assist you. The provider is available every other Thursday between the hours of 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. To make direct arrangements during a different time, or off-campus, Dr. Zaher can be contacted directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (916) 969-0723.


Local/Community Resources

Cocaine Anonymous Hotline


Narcotics Anonymous


Adolescent Chemical Dependency Program



Toll-Free Numbers

Cocaine Abuse 24-hour Assistance & Treatment


Cocaine Abuse & Crisis Intervention


Drug & Alcohol 24-hour Information, Assistance, & Referrals


Talk One2One – 24/7 Confidential Support for Students


California Northstate University College of Medicine ♦ 9700 West Taron Drive ♦ Elk Grove, CA 95757 ♦ Phone: (916) 686-7300