Substance Abuse Prevention
Spring 2022 Update
The Counseling and Wellness Center offices are temporarily closed for renovation during spring quarter. However, we continue to provide virtual appointments for individual and couples counseling Monday–Friday. Students can schedule a drop-in phone consultation Monday-Friday, 10 am–4 pm, by calling 360-650-3164. After-hours crisis support is also available by calling 360-650-3164 and pressing or saying “1.” We have a full schedule of in-person groups, workshops, and events. Learn more by following us on Instagram or by subscribing to our newsletter!
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.
Medical Amnesty Law
An alcohol or drug overdose is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention.
The Medical Amnesty Law protects you and the person who needs help from being cited for underage drinking, so call 911 and save a life!
The Counseling and 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.
To access substance abuse prevention workshops, students will need to sign in to their WWU Zoom account. For information on accessing your free WWU Zoom account, learn more on the ATUS website.
In the cannabis workshop, participants will learn about:
- What cannabis is
- The effects of cannabis and how it works in the brain
- Common misperceptions
- Campus data on cannabis use
- Potential risks of cannabis use
- Harm reduction strategies
Register below for the Cannabis Workshops offered throughout Spring Quarter 2022. Each workshop is scheduled from 10:30 AM to 12 PM.
In the alcohol workshop, participants will learn about:
- Standard serving size
- Blood alcohol level/content
- The body's response to alcohol and tolerance
- Recognizing and responding to an alcohol emergency
- Harm reduction strategies
- Potential long-term academic and health risks
Register below for the Alcohol Workshops offered throughout Spring Quarter 2022. Each workshop is scheduled from 10:30 AM to 12 PM.
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.