Got a Vice you're concerned about? Whether you decide to achieve abstinence or find your balance with alcohol, drugs, or technology use, we're here to help. VICE’s services are centered on education, peer dialogue, and mentorship, so you can choose the support system or systems that work for you.
VICE aims to equip students with the knowledge that they need to make informed decisions about their substance use patterns. We 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.
Peer Dialogue Sessions
VICE also provides 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.
Dialogue sessions occur on a weekly basis, focusing on alcohol, drugs, or technology. These sessions are great for exploring these concepts out of curiosity, to shift one’s own substance use patterns, or to learn more in order to assist a friend going through this process. Mentors will also be available after sessions for students who want to stay and chat. Get informed on when our next dialogue session is by following our VICE Facebook Page.
To gain a better understanding of the structure of our group dialogue sessions, have a look at our community agreement.
VICE’s mentoring program involves pairing a student 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 suits them and the life they want to lead. 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. As a mentee, you and your mentor will meet once a month to revisit your goals and check up on your progress. If you’re interested the mentoring program, please fill out this form and a mentor will be in contact with you within a couple of days. If you do not hear from us within a couple of days, please follow up by email.
Regardless of what support system(s) you seek from Vice, all sessions abide by Vice’s confidentiality declaration.
Vice is here to help you, and part of helping you is informing you about additional resources, including:
UBC Student Services
- To provide the best level of care you must first meet with a Wellness Advisor who will connect you to the level of support that best meets your needs. You can find drop-in hours or book an appointment with a Wellness Advisor here.
Alcohol & Drug Information and Referral Service (ADIRS)
- Provides free, confidential information and referral services to those in need of support with any kind of substance use issue (alcohol or other drugs). Contact ADIRS toll-free at 1 800 663-1441, or in the lower mainland at 604 660-9382. Free, multilingual telephone assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- SMART stands for ‘Self Management And Recovery Training’; it is a science-based program to help people manage their recovery from any type of addictive behaviour. This includes addictive behaviour with substances such as alcohol, nicotine or drugs, or compulsive behaviours such as gambling, sex, eating, shopping, and self-harming. Find out more here.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Vancouver
- AA Vancouver holds regular meetings in and around the city. The basic purpose of an AA meeting is for members to share their experience, strength and hope with each other concerning their problems with alcohol and their experiences in recovery. Find our more here.