The tools that VICE will provide are education, peer dialogue, and mentoring.
With the intention of shifting away from a common misconception surrounding substance use patterns at universities, VICE will provide students with accurate information about substances themselves, average usage rates within our community and the characteristics and risks associated with a range of substance use patterns. The aim of providing this information will be to engage students in critical reflection, intentionality and agency to foster a greater capacity to manage their own health.
VICE will also provide groups of peers the opportunity to have open and honest discussions about what healthy substance use looks like to them. Talking openly with peers and students may reveal a less distorted view about what other students are truly comfortable with. Through engagement in these conversations, students may find guidance and support in each other on their own journey to finding balance in substance use and their own limits.
These weekly sessions will focus broadly around either alcohol, drugs, or technology, and will be tailored to the students in the room. For our schedule and locations, click here.
Finally, for those who feel they may need some additional support, VICE will provide a mentoring program. A student will be paired with a mentor, who they will collaborate with to determine a course of action that will support the student in reaching the substance use pattern that is best for them. Specific goals will be tailored to each student, in order to make sure the student is ultimately comfortable and happy with the choices that they’re making. If you think you might benefit from having a mentor to support you, click here for more information.