Substance Abuse and Wellness Education

The Office of Substance Abuse and Wellness Education provides programs and opportunities intended to educate students regarding substance abuse, sexual violence, and intimate partner violence prevention.  This is done within the context of wellness based education and intervention. Through collaboration with students, faculty, and staff, we partner to provide a comprehensive prevention program focused on the health and safety of Curry College students.   

Programs and opportunities may include:

  • R.A.G.E. Peer Education programs, educational outreach during campus-wide events, bystander intervention training, and risk-reduction strategies designed to promote healthy decision-making
  • Classroom-based presentations, internships, and connections to academic learning
  • Educational meetings, courses, and workshops for students who may be sanctioned as part of the Student Conduct process
  • Providing non-judgmental feedback and safe strategies to students  regarding their own substance use
  • Providing consultation and training to parents, faculty, and staff on how to discuss concerns regarding substance abuse and resources for survivors of sexual violence and intimate partner violence.

Education and Counseling

In order to promote an environment free of substance abuse, the college supports an active program of community awareness and education. This program extends to the misuse or abuse of controlled substances including prescription drugs, alcohol, and other harmful substances. The college also offers assistance with confidential counseling. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to refer students who appear to be affected by drug or alcohol use to one of these resources. For students, such counseling is available through the Counseling Center (617-333-2182) as well as for referrals for off-campus resources. The Coordinator of Substance Abuse and Wellness Education (617-333-2163) is also available as an educational resource to help students get connected with services and/or self-help meetings. Students who are concerned about their own or other's use of such substances may seek advice and counsel from appropriate college resources without fear of breach of normal rules of confidentiality or fear of punishment. In addition to the services mentioned above, several national hotlines can provide information and referral:

Information on Local 12-Step Meetings and Self-Help Programs:

Alcoholics Anonymous, Eastern MA Central Service (617)-426-9444

Al-Anon and Ala-teen, Massachusetts (888)-425-2666
*Al-Anon is open to anyone whose life has been affected by another person's drinking

Narcotics Anonymous(800) 481-6871

Marijuana Anonymous (800) 766-6779

National Alcohol and Drug Abuse 24-Hour Helpline (800) 252-6465

Smart Recovery (866) 951-5357

Addiction Center (877) 671-1439

Information on Sexual Violence:

What is Sexual Violence?

A Guide for friends and family members

Available resources both on and off-campus

If you have questions, think you might know someone who has a problem and you do not know what to do, or would like to get more information, please contact:

Michele McGraw
Coordinator of Substance Abuse and Wellness Education

**If you are in an immediate crisis or emergency on-campus, please seek help by contacting Public Safety at 617-333-2222. If you are off-campus, please dial 911.

R.A.G.E. Brings Chris Herren to Campus

Curry College's R.A.G.E. (Raising Awareness through Group Education) Peer Educators were pleased to welcome local basketball star/author Chris Herren to campus to speak with students in the Spring of 2012.  Herren, a Fall River native, realized his dream of playing for the Boston Celtics in the NBA only to lose it all to addiction before rising again with a new dream.


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