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October Marks Start of Substance Abuse Prevention Month

October 1 marks the start of Substance Abuse Prevention Month – an observance to highlight the vital role of substance misuse/use disorder prevention in both individual and community health and to remember those who have lost their lives to substance misuse/use disorders.

The Center for Health Education & Wellness is here to support students who may be dealing with substance misuse or use disorders. Wellness Coordinator Rebecca Juarez offers these signs to look for if someone might need additional support around substance misuse/use disorder:

  1. They start to pull away from their family and close friends; they isolate themselves.
  2. They start to pick fights (physically and verbally).
  3. They begin to skip work and/or school obligations.
  4. They use a substance longer than they intended and/or have had difficulty in stopping.
  5. They are more likely to engage in risky behavior, such as driving under the influence.
  6. They stop doing the activities/hobbies they love.
  7. They exhibit withdrawal symptoms (that vary by substance).

Events

October 1: Kick-Off
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Whirlwind Statue on Pedestrian Walkway

October 14: Safe Fall Break
11 a.m. – 2 p.m at Whirlwind Statue on Pedestrian Walkway

October 23: Recovery Fair
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Whirlwind Statue on Pedestrian Walkway

To spread awareness of substance misuse/use disorders, be sure to stop by one of CHEW’s events this month, including the Kick-off event on Oct. 1 at the Whirlwind Statue on Pedestrian Walkway from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

If you think you may be struggling with substance misuse or use disorders and want to speak to someone, you can contact the Student Counseling Center and 974-HELP as other resources as well as voluntarily schedule a meeting with Rebecca to assess your use.

 

Resources

The Center for Health Education & Wellness

wellness.utk.edu

tel:+18659745725

The Student Counseling Center

counselingcenter.utk.edu

tel:+18659742196

947-HELP (4357)