Substance Abuse Prevention

Substance Abuse Prevention

The Counseling and Wellness Center provides confidential and non-judgmental support to students who want to talk about issues regarding alcohol or other substances. If your concern is for yourself, a roommate, or someone you care about, we can help. We offer referral options, sobriety and risk reduction support to anyone seeking positive change. We can help sort out any confusion you may have regarding the role substances may be playing in your life. We provide free voluntary services to all Western students and we coordinate enrollment in an evidence-based program that is part of the fulfillment of sanctions required by the University for students who have violated Western's alcohol and other drug policies.

We are currently offering pre-scheduled voluntary phone and Zoom appointments. Call 360-650-3164 to schedule a phone consultation.


The Counseling & Wellness Center offers educational sessions on alcohol and cannabis use with a focus on harm reduction, social norming, effects on the body and mind, and resources for students who would like to address substance use concerns. These sessions are open to all students and meet requirements for Office of Student Life and Residence Life referrals.

Cannabis Workshop

The cannabis workshop provides information in a non-judgmental format on what cannabis is, how it works in the brain, and its effects. It will also cover common misperceptions, campus data, and potential risks of use.


Nov 12, 2021: 4-5 p.m. 
Dec 3, 2021: 4-5 p.m. 

Register for November Zoom Cannabis Workshop

Register for December Zoom Cannabis Workshop

Alcohol Workshop

In the alcohol workshop, participants will learn:

  • Standard serving size
  • About blood alcohol level/content
  • How the body responds to alcohol and tolerance
  • How to recognize an alcohol emergency as well as what to do in such an event
  • About moderation strategies
  • About myths around alcohol
  • Potential long term academic and health risks


Oct 29, 2021: 4-5 p.m.
Nov 19, 2021: 4-5 p.m.

Register for October Zoom Alcohol Workshop

Register for November Zoom Alcohol Workshop

eCheckup To Go

The eCheckup To Go training is intended to help you increase your self-awareness, explore your options, and make informed choices, should you choose to use alcohol, cannabis, or nicotine. Western is deeply committed to the greatest health, well-being, and safety of all our students, and we hope you find the training valuable.