What is AWARE?
AWARE stands for Alcohol Wellness Alternatives, Research, & Education.
Housed within the University Counseling Center, AWARE Program promotes the message of personal wellness via guidance, education, research, and collaboration focused on healthy choices about the use of alcohol and other drugs.
Unlike some substance abuse prevention programs that utilize fear-based approaches and promote a "just-say-no" message, the AWARE program takes a more positive approach and focuses on harm reduction.
We recognize that college students are young adults who have the intellectual capacity to make responsible, informed decisions about their substance use. Therefore, it is the role of AWARE to provide students with accurate information regarding substance use and the skills necessary to reduce or eliminate harm. View a video exemplifying our approach.
The University Counseling Center and AWARE Program deliver health promotion and mental health services to UW students that nurture healthy choices, emotional growth, adaptive coping skills, and expanded understanding of self and relationships with others.
Specifically, the AWARE program strives to utilize best practices in providing drug and alcohol education and prevention programming for the University of Wyoming campus and community. The AWARE program promotes a standard of wellness in regard to healthy choices surrounding alcohol use and the prevention of illicit drug use by college students.
UCC provides comprehensive, time-effective mental health services to the university students and community. Integral to the academic mission, UCC helps cultivate an environment that supports the development and success of the whole student by providing responsive, collaborative practice and excellence in training.
What Do We Do?
AWARE works to address alcohol related issues at three levels:
1) the University and surrounding community;
2) the student population as a whole; and
3) the individual student.