Substance abuse prevention refers to the prevention and also the reduction of harm caused by substance use. In universities, substance abuse prevention is a central part of work related to well-being and guidance. Each member of the college community has their role in prevention; whether you are a campus counselor, a tutor, a staff member, a professor, or a student, you can help prevent harm to your community.
Intervening in substance abuse can be difficult because it's often seen as a private matter, but steps to prevention can be made into individual and community efforts. Here are some steps for bringing up substance addiction (note that it doesn’t need to come from one specific person).
Substance abuse issues are not always visible to the outside community, and often there is no individual sign of it. Trust your instincts, because the earlier the intervention, the better the chance of having an impact. Even if you are wrong, consider for a moment the worst it could cause.
Also, it can be helpful to have resources in advance for where to get help/treatment for the person you’re worried about.Check out these options
Don’t feel discouraged if the person doesn’t seem enthusiastic or even if they become reactive and dismiss your intervention. It may be of help later and they may take your advice into account. Remember that you have no control over someone else’s actions; all you can do is share your concern. How they decide to then take action is up to them. Be sure they know what places or hotlines they can get use to get help anytime.Also, assess your own actions: analyze what went well and what did not, consider the matter for a moment, and you will be better prepared for the next time you or someone else needs to do it.