UBC's student society to create new service for students with addictions

May 20, 2016

UBC’s student society has approved the creation of a new support service for students who are experiencing problems with alcohol, substance use, and technology use, reports CBC. Known as Vice, the service will use trained volunteers to complement the range of supports that the school's Alma Mater Society currently offers, which include a food bank, a sexual assault support centre, and a program called Speakeasy, which provides peer support for students facing a number of different challenges. “Maybe you're not even suffering from an addiction,” said Hussam Zbeeb, student services manager for the AMS. “Maybe your family member is. Maybe you want to know what an addiction is in the first place. Any level on that spectrum—that's essentially the area of scope that Vice will be focusing on.” CBC