Understand: How substances work, the effect on your wellbeing, the alternative to using
Reflect and Respect: Yours and others reasons for using or not using; our choices impact the community.
Plan: You choose to use, practice safer use to reduce harm and if you choose not to use; get connected.
Check-In: With yourself and others, access and offer support
In the Office of Health Promotion we believe in a non-judgemental, holistic, harm reduction approach to substance use. We help students to reflect on their choices and how their use or non-use affects all areas of individual and community wellbeing. Every student deserves to feel respected, safe, and comfortable in all spaces across campus. If students choose to use, we encourage them to practice low-risk strategies, seek support, and stay healthy and safe.
What messages do you receive around caring for your body? Listen to a variety of perspectives, from experts and peers, and consider how it relates to your experiences.
Hear from an Expert
"Addiction is a Disease, We Should Treat it like one"
Hear from a Peer
BC Health Talk: Light at the end of the tunnel
Video: How caffeine and alcohol affect your sleep
Article: Your Brain on Marijuana
Podcast: Day 7 by Dax Shepard
How do you care for your body? Engage in these reflective activities to discover what works best for you.
Looking to cut back on your substance use? Watch one of these short clips on the effects of marijuana, vaping, or prescription drugs. Then, check out this list of coping skills. The next time you are thinking about smoking, drinking, or using drugs to manage your stress, choose and use one or more of the skills offered instead. After 30 minutes, reflect on how you feel.
Reflect and Respect
Make plans one night this weekend that doesn’t revolve around drinking, such having a movie or game night with a friend. Get creative with how you spend your free time on the weekends and read this article for new ideas.
Use this tip card to try a new low-risk drinking strategy next time you choose to drink and track your BAC here https://www.alcohol.org/bac-calculator/ If you choose not to drink, check out this tip card!
Schedule a ChooseWell individual coaching session to set goals related to your well-being and have an accountability partner in a Wellness Coach. This is also a great resource to refer friends!
What do you need to do to care for your mind (or body, or soul) and live well? Sign up to meet with a Wellness Coach to reflect on your current wellbeing and set goals that feel achievable to you.
Let's Talk More...
We want to help you find joy in your journey, wherever you’re at. We have many resources within OHP and throughout campus to continue this conversation—we’re here to listen, reflect, and help you set and achieve health goals that feel intuitive, sustainable, and balanced.
Meet Virtually with a Peer Wellness Coach
Engage in a conversation about your health and wellness goals related to caring for your body - in the areas of sleep and general health, body image and exercise, and alcohol and other drugs!
Visit bc.edu/wellnessocach to schedule your Wellness Coaching session and learn about each type of appointment, or use the links below to sign up directly through google calendar.