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Health Promotion & Wellness

Creating a Healthy State

at Mississippi State University


What is G.A.I.N.?

The Goal-Driven Alcohol/Drug Intervention Network (G.A.I.N.) is an evidenced-based program that utilizes a harm reduction approach to substance use with students. The goal of G.A.I.N. is to reduce substance use and negative consequences associated with it.  

Students who have a drug policy violation are referred to the G.A.I.N. program. However, students who have not been found to violate this policy, but still are interested in learning more about their alcohol and/or cannabis use are encouraged to reach out. 

G.A.I.N. facilitators aim to conduct sessions in an environment that is non-judgmental and inclusive to facilitate sincere conversations about a students substance use.


How to Schedule a G.A.I.N. Appointment 

Students and/or student organizations can reach out to G.A.I.N email at or can call 662-325-0075 to setup an appointment. 

Appointments are being conducted via virtual and in-person options at this time. 


How Can It Benefit Me?

By participating in G.A.I.N., students can learn: 

  • How to calculate personal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) 
  • Harm reduction tips  
  • Discuss money spent per year 
  • How to identify risky substance use patterns 
  • Practical information about alcohol and/or cannabis use
  • How to make responsible choices in social situations 
  • Recognize triggers to use substance  
  • Helpful coping strategies 
  • Assist in identifying useful resources on campus


Time Commitment 

Participating in GAIN requires 2 appointments, with each lasting approximately 30-60 minutes. Students during their first meeting will be required to complete the necessary assessments to assess their current substance use. During the second session, students and the G.A.I.N facilitator will discuss their results, the ramifications, how to decrease use, and much more. 



There is no charge associated with participating in G.A.I.N. for both students who are referred or who are self-referred. 


Confidentiality and Privacy 

Your appointment and information shared is completely confidential and will not be shared with anyone.