1. Safer Substance Use
    1. Tips for how to stay safe
  2. All People All Pathways
    1. Student Groups (online)
    2. Staff/Faculty Groups (online)
  3. Virtual Recovery and Mental Health Resources
    1. Carleton Resources
    2. Alcoholics Anonymous
    3. Narcotics Anonymous
    4. Smart Recovery
    5. Other Resources

Safer Substance Use

Social isolation and physical distancing are challenging practices to get accustom to but are important to ensure the health and safety of our communities. This can also be a particularly stressful time as we adjust our routines and have to temporarily shift what our social interactions look like while still working from home or focusing on our studies.

At times like these, it is important to be mindful of our relationship with alcohol and other substances which can sometimes be relied on to help cope with our shifting circumstances. This is why the Office of Student Affairs has compiled this resource page for students or staff who may be questioning or struggling with their relationship with alcohol and other substances.

Tips for how to stay safe

  1. Using alone can be risky, particularly if you are experimenting with a substance or method you have never tried before. While avoiding using alone is the safest option, it is important to make sure to let a friend know what your plans are and where you will be in advance. Be sure to have a plan to contact help if you need it.
  2. Remember that we all have to do our part to flatten the curve and that social distancing can be applied to substances as well. Avoid sharing drinks, joints, or other common source methods of ingestion to reduce risk to yourself and others.
  3. Be mindful of your use and if you see changes in how you relate to substances. If you notice yourself using more frequently or in larger quantities, consider why that may be. If you become concerned with your substance use or are worried about someone close to you,  please reach out for support and engage with some of the resources listed below

Personal support is still available from Carleton staff, please reach out to the Manager of Student Conduct and Harm Reduction, Dillon Brady, for assistance.

All People All Pathways

COVID-19 Update:All People All Pathways is coming back virtually! The peer support meetings for staff and students started on campus in February before COVID-19 restrictions came into effect and were suspended until further notice due to it. They are coming back (online) for both Carleton Staff and Students!

Read further to find out more about them and how you may benefit from attending.

Carleton University has partnered with the Community Addictions Peer Support Association (CAPSA) to bring weekly support meetings for those affected by substance use and addiction to campus. All People All Pathways is a peer support group facilitated by individuals with lived or living experience with substance use and addiction. It is an open drop in group with no weekly commitment or expectations of abstinence and is open to family and friends of those struggling with substance use as well. There are separate groups for students and faculty/staff and these meetings will run weekly at the times listed below.

The purpose of our weekly peer recovery group is for individuals affected by addiction to share their experiences about what has helped them on their journey, and provide a safe and aware environment for those seeking help to ask questions, free from stigma or discrimination.

Each week, our meeting focuses on a different topic. There will be an educational component followed by discussion. Those in attendance are welcome to ask questions or provide suggestions based on their personal experience. All People All Pathways is meant to create a safe space and what is shared with the group is kept confidential out of respect for participants and their stories.

Our group is inclusive of all individuals in or seeking recovery from all forms of addiction, their families, allies, and professionals. All are welcome to attend our meetings.

Student Groups (online)

The student group takes place every Thursday from 12:00pm-1:30pm.

Feel free to join after 12:00pm and leave earlier than 1:30pm, if you need to. You will be welcome regardless of what time you join or leave the meeting.

Staff/Faculty Groups (online)

The Staff/Faculty group takes place every Wednesday from 1:30pm-3:00pm.

Fee free to join later than 1:30pm and leave earlier than 3:00pm, if you need to. You will be welcome regardless what time you join or leave the meeting.

For more information on All People All Pathways please visit the CAPSA website or contact the Manager of Student Conduct and Harm Reduction Dillon Brady

Virtual Recovery and Mental Health Resources

Carleton Resources

  • Health and Counselling Services has virtual services available to students.
  • Empower Me counsellors, consultants and life coaches are available to all undergraduate students. Use password ‘studentcare’ to login.
  • Good2Talk provides support services to post-secondary students.
  • TAO self-help has mental health supports and also specific substance use related modules; ‘Evaluating my Drug and Alcohol Use’ and ‘Recovery Skills and Topics’.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous

Smart Recovery

Other Resources