Drug and Alcohol Prevention

All students enrolled at Cerro Coso Community College are required to follow the Kern Community College District Student Conduct Policy.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Resources

The following programs are available to currently enrolled students at Cerro Coso Community College:

  • Individual counseling and referral to resources by Cerro Coso counselors.
  • Cerro Coso Orientation- includes information on substance and alcohol abuse, prevention and resources in all orientation sessions, including the Cerro Coso Online Orientation.
  • COLL C102 Tools for College Success- includes information on substance and alcohol abuse, prevention and resources in all COLL C102 Tools for College Success courses.
  • Substance Abuse Awareness Week- co-hosted by counseling and the Student Government Association, includes a series of activities and information associated with drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Specific drug and alcohol awareness and prevention activities for high risk populations, like student athletes.

Additionally, the following general substance/alcohol abuse information and resources are available:

Ridgecrest/Indian Wells Valley

Advance Counseling Center of IWV
760 375-9879
888 425-2666
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings
760 375-5445
Center for Personal, Family, and Organizational Development
760 446-5515
College Community Services
760 499-7406
Trona Branch
760 372-4524
CHAMPS Program (D.A.R.E.)
760 499-5100
Legacy Behavioral Services
760 499-1909
Marriage and Family Counseling
760 499-7448
Narcotics Anonymous
760 446-4445
Ridgecrest Addiction Awareness
760 608-4099
Sierra View Counseling
760 375-0348
Women's High Desert Center
760 371-1969

Kern River Valley

Women's Center High Desert
760 379-2264
Unity Recovery Group
866 757-3364
Florida House Experience
888 582-1843
White Sands Treatment Center
800 401-5542
Drug Treatment Center Finder
866 879-8838
Drug Rehab.org
888 375-3655
Harbor Village
888 826-3008
Kern County Crisis & Suicide Hotline
661 868-8142


Special Services Community Center
559 637-1036
Maynord's Chemical Dependency
209 928-3737
Touchstone Recovery Center
559 298-6711

Mammoth Lakes

Mono County Behavioral Health
760 924-1740
Alpine Counseling Center
760 873-4357
American Comprehensive Counseling Services
775 356-0371

East Kern/Edwards

ADAPT Program
Mental Health Clinic
Family Advocacy Program
Employee Assistance Program
Military & Family Life Counselors
Airman & Family Readiness Center
First Sergeants
Airmen Against Drunk Driving.
For more information, call Gwen Turner at (661) 277-5291 or e-mail Gwendylon.turner@us.af.mil.


Cycles of Change
888 241-8031
Atlantic Recovery Services
562 436-3533
Alcohol Drug Abuse Center
661 945-9421
Salvation Army 213 E Street, Tehachapi
First Baptist Church 1049 Curry St., Tehachapi
Women in Recovery 20717 South St., Tehachapi
Narcotics Anonymous
877 629-6759

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), the following are risks associated with drugs and alcohol abuse.

Drug Abuse

The following sub categories are the most frequently used drugs, listed with their associated risks and associated category (ies), per NIDA.

  1. Cannabinoids (marijuana and hashish)
    Known risks are “cough, frequent respiratory infections, possible mental health decline, and addition.
  2. Opioids (heroin and opium)
    Known risks are “constipation, endocarditis, hepatitis, HIV, addiction, and fatal overdose.
  3. Stimulants (cocaine, amphetamine, and methamphetamine)
    Known risks are “weight loss, insomnia, cardia or cardiovascular complications, stroke, seizures, and addition. Specific risks associated with cocaine use is “nasal damage from snorting” and specific risks associated with methamphetamine use is “severe dental problems”.
  4. Club Drugs (MDMA-methylene-dioxy-methampetamine [also known as: Ecstasy, Adam, Clarity, Eve, lover's speed, peace, uppers]; Flunitrazepam [also known as: Rohypnol: forget-me pill, Mexican Valium, R2, roach, Roche, roofies, roofinol, rope, rophies]; GHB [also known as: Gamma-hydroxybutyrate; G, Georgia home-boy, grievous bodily harm, liquid ecstasy, soap, scoop, good, liquid X]).
    Known risks are “sleep disturbances, depression, impaired memory, hyperthermia, addiction”. Risks specific to GHB are “unconsciousness, seizures, and coma”.
  5. Dissociative Drugs (Ketamine [also known as: Ketalar SV; cat valium, K, Special K, vitamin K]: PCP and analogs [also known as: Phencyclidine: angel dust, boat, hog, love boat, peace pill]; Salvia Divinorum [also known as: Salvia, Shepherdess's Herb, Maria Pastora, magic mint, Sally-D]; Dextrometh-orphan (DXM) [also known as: cough and cold medications: Robotripping, Robo, Triple C]).
    Known risks are “anxiety, tremors, numbness, memory loss, nausea”.
  6. Hallucinogens (LSD [also knowns as: Lysergic acid diethylamide: acid, blotter, cubes, microdot yellow sunshine, blue heaven]: Mescaline [also known as: Buttons, cactus, mesc, peyote]; Psilocybin [also known as: Magic mushrooms, purple passion, shrooms, little smoke]).
    Known risks are “flashbacks and Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder”.
  7. Other Compounds (Anabolic steroids [also known as: Anadrol, Oxandrin, Durabolin, Depo-Testosterone, Equipoise: roids, juice, gym candy, pumpers]; Inhalants [also known as: Solvents (paint thinners, gasoline, glues); gases (butane, propane, aerosol propellants, nitrous oxide); nitrites (isoamyl, isobutyl, cyclohexyl); laughing gas, poppers, snappers, whippets]).
    Known risks for anabolic steroids are “hypertension, blood clotting and cholesterol changes, liver cysts, hostility and aggression, acne, (in adolescents) premature stoppage of growth, (in males) prostate cancer, reduced sperm production, shrunken testicles, breast enlargement, (in females) menstrual irregularities and development of beard and other masculine characteristics”.
    For inhalants, the known risks are “cramps, muscle weakness, depression, memory impairment, damage to cardiovascular and nervous systems, unconsciousness, and sudden death”.

Alcohol Abuse

“Alcohol affects every organ in the drinker's body and can damage a developing fetus. Intoxication can impair brain function and motor skills; heavy use can increase risk of certain cancers, stroke, and liver disease. Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is a diagnosable disease characterized by a strong craving for alcohol, and/or continues use despite harm or personal injury. Alcohol abuse, which can lead to alcoholism, is a pattern of drinking that results in harm to one's health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work.”