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Alcohol & Substance Misuse Prevention & Support

HPW aims to encourage healthy choices and responsible decision-making regarding the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

  • Alcohol


    ​First-year students as well as upperclassman, graduate students, and non-traditional students are at risk for increased alcohol use and misuse during their studies. HPW provides support for those in recovery or those who are substance-free and educates on harm reduction strategies for those who do decide to drink.​

  • Cannabis


    ​​Cannabis is now the second most commonly used drug among college students. HPW engages students in discussion and education around cannabis to empower them to make informed decisions.

  • Opioids


    ​Narcan, a brand of Naloxone, is a prefilled, needle-free device used to reverse the effect of an opioid overdose. If you are a student struggling with opioid use, know you have support and resources.

  • Get Help

    Get Help

    ​Are you starting to question your relationship with alcohol and drugs? Are you concerned about a family member or friend's use? Learn about the resources at DePaul that will be most helpful to you.

  • Our Programs

    Our Programs

    ​​HPW can provide education about alcohol and other drugs in the classroom at an instructor's request. Initiatives such as Alcohol Awareness Days strive to reach the student body as a whole, with programs providing direct education about harm reduction or raising awareness of the impact of substance abuse.

  • Collegiate Recovery Community

    Collegiate Recovery Community

    ​Our Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) embodies the Take Care DePaul message by fostering connection and support among all interested students.

  • Resources


    ​Drug & Alcohol Abuse Hotlines, Drug & Alcohol Screenings, Substance Abuse Statistics/Data, Tobacco Cessation Plan, and more...​

  • Nicotine


    ​Nicotine use, including cigarettes and vaping, continues to pose a considerable risk for students. Students can gain support, knowledge of the health risks, and access to cessation strategies.

  • Prescription Drugs

    Prescription Drugs

    ​When prescribed and monitored, the use of prescription medications can be beneficial for some. When used other than prescribed or recreationally, use can lead to serious negative consequences. HPW provides support and education for students to encourage health and wellness. 

  • Other Drugs

    Other Drugs

    ​Students may choose use or may be struggling with other drug use. HPW is available to provide information, education, and intervention to help students make healthy choices.

  • Sober Voices

    Sober Voices

    Leaders and ac​tivists in the sober community engaging in inspiring conversations while sharing their stories and experiences as well as the challenges they face in their journeys.

  • Opportunities for Reflection

    Opportunities for Reflection

    ​Whet​her you are looking for general information about alcohol and other drugs, have been asked to reflect on a sanction, or are facing a difficult social decision our Opportunities for Reflection presentation is a great resource for information and service linkage.

Quick Contacts

  • DePaul Public Safety (Available 24/7)
    LPC: 7730.325.7777
    Loop: 312.362.8400
  • Chicago Police
    For Emergencies - Call 911
  • AOD Contact
    Office of Health Promotion & Wellness
    Lincoln Park Student Center, Suite 302
    2250 N Sheffield Ave.
  • Alcohol & Drug Abuse Action Helpline
  • Dean of Students Contact
    Lincoln Park Student Center, Suite 307
    2250 N. Sheffield Ave.

DePaul University Statement Regarding Alcohol and Other Drugs

The alcohol & substance abuse prevention specialist helps students to make healthy and responsible substance use choices that contribute to wellness and safety, while avoiding harm to self and others. The specialist - in collaboration with campus colleagues - seeks to improve campus safety by promoting more moderate, realistic images of students' behaviors in addition to harm reduction education. The alcohol & substance abuse prevention specialist works with individual students, does outreach and programming for the campus as a whole, and collaborates with community stakeholders.