Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention & Education

What is Alcohol & Other Drug (AOD) Prevention & Education?  

The decision to use or not use substances in college is personal. The Wellness Resource Center provides students with accurate information to empower folks to make the best decision for their lives and values. We take a public health and harm reduction approach to the way we educate and talk about substances; we acknowledge the role they play in our society and offer strategies and resources to enhance safety and ensure Temple University is a community that cares.  

Harm reduction highlights several strategies to support safer substance use, manage recovery, and / or maintain abstinence. These strategies are designed to fit a variety of lifestyles, and students can choose the best ones for them:  

  • Balance fun with getting work done 

  • Buddy up: have a designated driver / walker  

  • Speed limit: know serving sizes and go slow  

  • Respect yourselves and others  

Supporting Students in Recovery 

A part of AOD prevention and education is offering support for students in recovery. There are a variety of ways to learn, support, and grow, both for our peers and for ourselves. Below are some ways to show you care:  

  • Find Connection: Finding meaningful communities will help foster a sense of belonging on campus.  

  • Create (or Seek Out) Recovery-Friendly Environments: Ask others what feels comfortable. Ensure alcohol-alternative activities are available at events and gatherings.  

  • Stay Supportive: Recovery is not linear. Continue to show support while highlighting personal choice and autonomy.  

Other Tips to Navigate AOD and Recovery:  

  1. Take some time to reflect. The choice to use, not use, practice strategies, or take a break can be overwhelming. Take some time to think about your values and what you want your life to look like. What role do substances play or not play?  

  1. Set goals and make a plan. Whether implementing a new self-protective strategy or managing recovery, having a plan can be helpful in navigating change. Think about your “how” and “whys” and remember, progress over perfection.  

  1. Find support. Let folks know what’s important to you. Find peers who share similar values. Join a student organization, volunteer, or find ways to give back to something bigger than yourself.