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Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT)

ADAPT is dedicated to addressing the issues of alcohol and other drug abuse in the University of Virginia community. As peer educators, we promote awareness, provide educational outreach, and serve as accessible resources for our fellow students. Our primary purpose is to minimize the abuse of alcohol and other drugs in an effort to promote a healthier environment at our University.

  Substance Abuse Prevention Week 2015

In the weeks leading up to the last home football games at UVA, ADAPT coordinates a number of events to prevent substance abuse and promote safe drinking habits among all students.  For a calendar of the week's events, download the PDF HERE.

4th year "Remember the Game” Pledge Drive - November 16 – 21

The first 500 fourth-year students who sign the Remember The Game pledge receive a free long-sleeve tee shirt. Pledge forms will be available at all events and presentations, and at the Gordie Center (lower level of Student Health - 400 Brandon Ave.) Tuesday - Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm until November 20.  Take the pledge online HERE

Tuesday, Nov. 17: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - The Lawn

Wednesday, Nov. 18: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - Whispering Wall @ Newcomb (rain site = Newcomb Hall 2nd floor)

Thursday, Nov. 19: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm - Gordie Center on ground level of Student Health

Friday, Nov. 20: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Corner of JPA & Brandon Avenue by Student Health

4th Year Bagel Brunch: Monday, November 16th, 11:30am - 1:30pm @ Pavilion VI

Free Bodos, coffee, hot chocolate and tea for 4th years ONLY.  The first 500 4th years who sign the pledge to "Remember the Game" get a long sleeve tee!  Funded by the Parents Committee, IFC, UJC and UVA Dining.

"Mixed Drinks, Mixed Emotions: Alcohol Abuse and Mental Health" - Tuesday, November 17th 7:00pm @ Newcomb Ballroom

Ross Szabo - Susan Grossman Memorial Speaker
Meets FOA requirement

How many times have you seen a friend openly discuss all of their emotions while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and never talk about it again? Sometimes they forget what they have said. Other times they are too afraid to deal with it. A lot of times people are more comfortable addressing their emotions while they are inebriated.  Self-medication has been one way college students have coped with difficult situations for many years, but it doesn’t have to continue.

Forty-eight percent of young people with a substance use disorder have a co-occurring mental health issue. It is important to address the reasons why students may be binge-drinking, abusing substances, driving under the influence and engaging in negative behavior. The average college student today is facing overwhelming amounts of stress, workloads, transition, pressure and mental health problems. Often times they suffer in silence, hiding their fears until they become too large to deal with. This program addresses the ties between substance abuse and mental health. The goals are to break down the stereotypes surrounding expression of emotion in order to help young people function at their highest level and teach students effective coping mechanisms.

Co-sponsored by the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Department of Athletics, ADAPT, and the Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Hoos in Recovery Panel: Wednesday, November 18th 8:30pm @ Newcomb Kaleidoscope Room

A group of UVa students in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction will talk about their experiences.
Meets FOA requirement

Co-Sponsored by Hoos in Recovery and ADAPT

4th Year 5K: Saturday, November 21st 8:00am @ Amphitheater

Proceeds benefit the Leslie Baltz Foundation for Art History or Studio Art scholarships.
Sponsored by the Peer Health Educators.
Click HERE to register

Substance Abuse Prevention Week is coordinated by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) peer educators and sponsored by the Class of 2016, IFC, UJC, the Peer Health Educators, the Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Parents Committee and University Dining.


Request a Presentation

ADAPT members have been trained on a variety of topics relating to substance abuse and are familiar with additional resources available to U.Va. students. To schedule an educational program with ADAPT members you must submit complete and submit the program request form.  If you have questions about your submission, please email the ADAPT program chair at

Hoos Sober listserv

ADAPT coordinates a weekly e-mail to 1,500 subscribers that details activities that are not alcohol-based and that are open to the public.  To subscribe, send an e-mail to with the subject "subscribe hoos-sober."



See brief descriptions below or click on any program name in the box on the left for full details.

National GORDIEday / National Hazing Prevention Week

Every year during National Hazing Prevention Week, campuses across the country partcipate in this event. Past events have included a screening of HAZE: The Movie, a panel discussion, and a banner contest. This year, National GORDIEday will take place on Thursday, September 24, 2015

Halloween Safety Campaign

ADAPT peer educators plan a variety of educational programs to promote safe Halloween behaviors.  

Reverse Trick-or-Treating

ADAPT,  One Less and Chi Psi will be handing out free Halloween candy to students!  The first 900 students who sign the pledge to be an active bystander this Halloween recieve a fanny pack or a cup.

  • Monday 10/26/2015, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the Lawn
  • Tuesday 10/27, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the Lawn
  • Wednesday 10/28, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at O-Hill (rainsite = Newcomb 2nd floor)
  • Thursday 10/29 5:00 p.m. –  7:30 p.m. at O-Hill
  • Friday 10/30, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. near Student Health on the corner of JPA and Brandon Avenue

Take the Halloween Pledge:

On my honor, as a UVA student, I pledge to take care of my friends this Halloween by:

  • recognizing my role as a bystander and intervening where I can, but knowing my limits and getting help from others when necessary;   
  • knowing the PUBS signs of alcohol overdose;
  • keeping emergency numbers available and using them in an emergency situation;  
  • doing everything I can to make sure my friends get home safely;

Have a Safe Halloween!

  • Carry an ID
  • Stay with friends
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Eat before and while drinking
  • Set a drink limit and stick to it
  • Charge-a-Ride: (434) 295-4131


  • If you go to a party, go with a group of friends you know and trust and leave the party together.
  • Use caution if you choose to drink. Drinking alcoholic concoctions (for example, "Jungle Juice") can be dangerous since the alcohol content can vary widely and sweetened beverages can hide the taste of liquor. Never leave a drink unattended. 
  • Never leave a friend alone, especially if impaired, and do not hesitate to call 911 if medical attention is needed. Students will not face reprisal for seeking help.
  • Always carry a photo ID and a cellphone and make sure your friends do the same in case you become incapacitated for any reason.
  • Consider your costume, and avoid wearing one that does not allow you to see and move freely. Stop and make sure motorists see you before you cross the street. Be sure the material isn't flammable (and don't burn candles at gatherings - use flameless ones).
  • Some people with harmful intentions may take advantage of being unrecognizable in a Halloween costume. Stay in an environment where you can easily get help or move away from someone who is threatening your safety. Be aware of your surroundings.
  • If you need a ride home, call SafeRide (434.242.1122) or Yellow Cab (434.295.4131).

Safe Spring Break


Take ADAPT's Work Hard, Play Smart 2015 pledge by clicking HERE.



Safe Spring Break activities are designed to encourage students to stay safe and responsible during the break. ADAPT sponsors flyers, ads, and staffed awareness tables to distribute information and free Spring Break Kits. 

Tabling Schedule 2015


March 2


March 3


March 4

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Newcomb 2nd floor

Newcomb 2nd Floor

Newcomb 2nd Floor


Safe Foxfield Races Campaign

Foxfield Education Program

Wednesday April 22 in Campbell 153 (A-School). Presentations are at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm and the presentations fulfill FOA requirements. Speakers include a representative of the Albemarle County Police Department, the Foxfield Racing Association, UVa Office of the Dean of Students and ADAPT. Door Prizes at each session are: 4 Foxfield tickets + parking pass, Foxfield bowtie and official Foxfield cooler!

Click HERE to download the Foxfield Catering Guide

Click HERE to download Foxfield Safety Tips

ADAPT Student Safety Tent

Saturday, April 25: The gates to Foxfield Spring Horse Races open at 9:00 AM, and the first race starts at 1:30 PM. Be sure to come to our Student Safety Tent throughout the day to get free food, water, and sunscreen! 

Savvy Fox Pledges

Stop by the Gordie Center (Lower level of Student Health) from 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM on April 20-24 to sign a pledge to be a Savvy Fox and receive a FREE Country Club Prep Foxfield T-shirt.  Come while supplies last! 

You can also sign up at the ADAPT tables April 20-24 from 11am to 3pm at the Whispering Wall by Newcomb. 

2015 Savvy Fox Pledge

  • I promise not to drive after drinking at Foxfield, ride in a vehicle if the driver has been drinking, or let any friends get behind the wheel impaired.
  • If I drink, I will practice safer drinking habits by eating protein beforehand, consuming no more than one standard drink per hour and alternating with non-alcoholic beverages.
  • I will be an active bystander to keep my friends and others safe.
  • I will use the buddy system and make sure no one is left behind.

To see Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer Lampkin's 2014 email to students regarding safety at the Foxfield Races - Click HERE


As an ADAPT peer educator, you can help promote awareness, provide educational outreach, and serve as an accessible resource to other University students. ADAPT strives to alleviate some of the problems related to alcohol and drug use and abuse around Grounds through education programs and special events like Safe Spring Break and Substance Abuse Awareness Week. As a peer education group, we are looking for dedicated, responsible students who are passionate about the concern of alcohol and other drug abuse at U.Va. and who demonstrate a strong commitment to better our community.  Recruitment is held in the spring and consists of an application and interview.   Recruitment will take place in the spring of 2016.  Want to get on the list to receive information and an application? E-mail