Substance Use

Quitting Tobacco & Vaping

  • Students can request a 30-minute appointment at Student Health to discuss tobacco cessation strategies and treatments.  Student Health also offers the following patient education brochures: Smoking Cessation - Quit Plan and Medications and Smoking Cessation - Helping Others.
  • Recreation and Well-Being Center (RecWell) is a great place to become more informed about nicotine products, ask questions, and receive support if you're quitting nicotine. Students are welcome to stop by the Well or contact
  • 1-800-QUIT-NOW offers free phone consultations and support for smoking cessation. Those who use this free resource are more likely to quit successfully.
  • This Is Quitting is a free app that offers smoking cessation help at your fingertips.  Quit with strategies and support from real quitters.  Free expert counseling is also available.
  • The Truth Initiative offers free, confidential and judgement-free texts for quitting tobacco, JUUL, and other e-cigarettes.  Text QUIT to 202-804-9884.
  • Students who are interested in quitting cigarettes may be eligible to participate in a smoking cessation research study.  Compensation is provided.  For more info, click on the link or call (804) 628-7550.

Alcohol & Other Drug Use

Recreation and Well-Being

Recreation and Well-Being (RecWell) offers a variety of support and resources to students with questions or concerns about alcohol and/or drug use.  Students are encouraged to stop by RecWell, call 804-828-WELL, or email for more information.

RecWell also offers BASICS (Alcohol)/CASICS (Marijuana), a two-part alcohol/drug education program for VCU students.

Recovery Support

Rams in Recovery is VCU's Collegiate Recovery Program which works to support students in all stages of recovery.  To connect or learn more, email, call Tom Bannard at 804-828-1663, or check out the Rams in Recovery facebook page.  Examples of resources offered include:

Research Studies

  • Concerned about your marijuana use?  You may be eligible to participate in a VCU research study on brief treatment for problematic marijuana use.  You must be 16-25 years old and have access to text messaging.  All information is kept confidential. Compensation provided.  For more information, contact Victoria Childress, MPH at (804) 628-6194.

Student Health Brochures