Family Guide to Alcohol and Other Drugs on Campus

We at WesWell, along with our partners in Davison Health Center and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), strive to be accessible to students as they navigate the challenge of emerging into adulthood while in a collegiate atmosphere. We hope students clearly hear the message that WesWell is here to help if they need information or support regarding the effects of alcohol or other drugs.

Students are encouraged to set up a confidential appointment by emailing or calling to discuss concerns about their use, to learn effective ways to speak with a friend who may be struggling, to discuss ways to navigate Wesleyan's social scene safely, to ask about Recovery@ (our monthly networking group for students in recovery) or to simply ask questions about substances, addiction, or recovery.

Parents/Guardians are also welcome to outreach to WesWell if they are curious about our services or in need of information or support for their student. We would like students and parents to know that information shared with WesWell and our partners is not shared with faculty, as many students have concerns that seeking wellness or healthcare services will impact their academic reputation on campus. (Students who are referred to WesWell through the judicial process on campus are an exception as the Dean’s are aware of their cases.)

It is common to assume that one knows the basics facts about alcohol and other drug abuse however, since this information changes quite rapidly it can be a challenge to stay up to date. We have compiled the series of video clips below to provide some information about current trends on college campuses nationwide, the latest research about the cost/benefit analysis of particular substances, and some information about substance abuse trends in Wesleyan’s geographical area. Changes of note and concern include easy ordering of illegal and prescription drugs online, pre-gaming being all too common, and many young people engaging in what is being referred to as “academic doping”.  Specifically, in Wesleyan’s geographical region we are in the midst of an opioid crisis and right over our border Massachusetts has legalized cannabis products for recreational use.

Though alcohol and drug use and abuse may not impact you directly, its epidemic-level use means you know someone who is affected; addiction is a complex illness with far-reaching consequences. We hope you find these resources helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions.


Contact WesWell

September Johnson, MPH, CHES

Director of WesWell, Office of Health Education