Gordie Center

for Substance Abuse Prevention

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.

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.  

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 ADAPT Program request form.  If you have questions about your submission, please email the ADAPT program chair at

Get Involved!

As an ADAPT peer educator, you can

  • help promote awareness
  • provide educational outreach
  • serve as an accessible resource to other University students

Applications for ADAPT membership will be available in spring 2018 

  • Students in their first or second years may apply.
  • New members must successfully complete a 3-credit academic course (EDHS 3240: Peer Alcohol Education) that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-3:15 PM in the Fall semester.
  • New members must also be able to attend weekly meetings on Sunday from 8-9pm.
  • For more information, or to be added to the recruitment interest list, e-mail


Safe Spring Break Campaign

ADAPT is planning Safe Spring Break activities to encourage students to stay safe and be active bystanders during the break. 

Sign ADAPT's Work Hard, Play Smart 2017 Pledge - click HERE!

You can pick up free Safe Spring Break prize packs for signing the Work Hard, Play Smart pledge at the following days/times.  Just show the confirmation email you'll receive after signing the online pledge or sign the pledge at the table. 

February 28

March 1

March 2


10:00 am - 2:00 pm

5:00 - 6:30 pm

11:00 am - 2:00 pm 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Ern Commons

Alderman Road

Residential Area.

Chem Building


Gordie Center

Student Health

lower level

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."

National GORDIEday/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.  More....

Halloween Safety Campaign

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

Substance Abuse Prevention Week

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. More...

Safe Foxfield Races Campaign

The Foxfield Education Program was created to increase safety at the Foxfield races, and rase awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving after the races. More...


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