LCCC Hosts Substance Use Awareness Week

Laramie County Community College is hosting numerous substance abuse workshops There will be a couple of workshops within campus involving awareness and understanding on the difference between habits and addictions.

The Substance Use Awareness Week workshops will be hosted by LCCC’s Student Life, Counseling and Campus Wellness, and Campus Activities Board. The guest speakers will be Peak Wellness. The event week will start from Monday, Oct. 23 to Thursday, Oct. 26. Students will learn how to get help and be aware of the topics discussed in these events by attending on campus and learning more about taking care of themselves and people around them safely.

This event will teach students about recognizing what could be a bad habit or what can be considered an addiction. There will also be tips on how to support someone who has an addiction along with strategies to reduce the risk of addiction.

Counseling and Campus Wellness and their website links to “U Lifeline,” a site that has information on substances and mental health are resources on campus that can help students out with these problems. Completing the “Not Anymore” online training can be helpful because of extra information that can be learned about these problems on campus and beyond. If in the event of unable to attend the events, there will be an online video showcasing the parts they missed.

On Monday, Oct. 23, there will be the Addiction Recovery Creative Expression event. Students can express themselves and their addiction recovery. The event will go from  10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in  the Student Lounge, Arp, Fine Arts and Health Sciences buildings. On Tuesday, Oct. 24, there will be the Rise and Empower Series: Addictions event from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Student Lounge. On Wednesday, Oct. 25, there is the “Watch My Rising” event at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Lounge. This event will have community member Lynn Carlson and faculty member Kristin Abraham. Lynn Carlson is a supporter of Recover Wyoming, and advocate for recovery from addiction. They will have a book reading with nine people reading parts of “Watch My Rising – A Recovery Anthology. The reason for these people to read this book is to start a new recovery movement, to tear down stigmas and celebrating the victim’s changes and stories. During Thursday, Oct. 26, there will be an event called Booze Fest during the Halloween Costume Contest at 11 a.m to 1 p.m. This event involves the use of drunk goggles, where students can get through a line or path while wearing them, to understand what it is like to be under the influence. Also there would be a poster that shows the sizes of alcoholic drinks that would lead to impairment from varying Blood Alcohol Levels.

“To increase awareness and provide education about healthy behaviors and choices in regards to substance abuse,” Amanda Brown, Interim Coordinator from Counseling & Campus Wellness and Care Team, said in relation to the the importance of holding these events during Substance Use Awareness Week.  “Since colleges have high rates of substance abuse and it results into unwanted consequences.”

Anyone who needs help with addictions or substance abuse are welcome to attend.



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