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Foundational Wellness: Substance Use

Substance use


The topic of substance use explores the impact from all angles. When looking at the student experience within our university, it is foundationally imperative that we have an understanding of how the use and misuse of substances impact functioning, academics, and personal experiences. From caffeine consumption, alcohol use, prescription drug use, illicit drugs, and everything in-between, the impact of substance use spreads its reach into many areas and departments. A student’s background and experience with substance use are vast, unique, and widely differing. It is important for us to have a baseline knowledge of how these varying experiences impact lives. Through the lens of upbringings, peer involvement, and individual beliefs, we can use what we know about our students to support their education and resources when it comes to behavior change, treatment, and recovery.  

  • Substances 101

    Something (such as drugs or alcohol) deemed harmful and usually subject to legal restriction. 

  • Substance Abuse/Dependence 

    Abuse is excessive use of a substance on a regular basis. It is the use of a drug in amounts or by methods which are harmful to the individual or others. Dependence is a physical condition where either your body or mind has adapted to your using the drug. It results in a withdrawal upon cessation of drug use. 

  • Addiction

    The compulsive physiological need for, and use of, a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity (such as heroin, alcohol, gambling, shopping, etc.). 

  • Treatment and Recovery

    Receiving support to return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.