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 a complete safer substance use resource page for students or staff who may be questioning or struggling with their relationship with alcohol and other substances.

3 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.

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

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