Allies in Substance Abuse Prevention

The mission of Allies in Substance Abuse Prevention is to enhance the health and well-being of the Warren Wilson College community through thoughtful dialogue and programming on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug-related issues.

ASAP serves as a support and resource for all students and staff.  We have programs available for students in recovery, students whose lives have been affected by substance use or abuse, and educational programming for community members who are interested in learning more about substance use and substance abuse prevention.   We are always happy to answer questions and to provide support!  The ASAP crew office is located in Vining C.

We are constantly adding new programs and opportunities for students to match the requests and interests of community members. Please check back soon.

Smoking Cessation

Making the decision to stop smoking is one of the best things you can do. It is undeniably difficult, but you can do it! You are absolutely worth it.   ASAP assembles and passes out free Quit Kits, which include gum, toothpicks, and some other supplies to make the transition a bit easier.


QuitlineNC is a telephonic quit tobacco program. Quit Coaches will call you at your convenience up to three times after your initial call to coach you on quitting, goal setting, problem solving and medications. QuitlineNC can help you if you smoke, chew or use snuff. You will be mailed educational materials and can be enrolled in a web-based program for extra support.

Free nicotine replacement therapy patches also will be offered to qualifying members through QuitlineNC. You must be enrolled in the Multiple-Call Coaching Program to receive free patches.


You do not need a prescription.
You can get 4 months of patches per plan year, for up to 2 years (subject to specific limitations)
Patches will be mailed directly to you. (“Make a Plan”) (“Nicotine Withdrawal”) (“Beat Your Smoking Triggers”)

Safe Space

We don’t have to do much to stay connected to the surface because it’s always in constant motion. However, a relationship to our inner world requires us to stop and listen. Meditation and journaling can expand our awareness of situations, thoughts, and feelings by allowing us to pause from our busy lives in order to dive deeply into the roots of our experiences.

Please join us in the ASAP crew office in the lower level of Vining C each Thursday, from 6:00-7:00, so we can relax and do some self exploration together. Journals can be provided if needed!

Contact Halie Sales with any questions:

Event Contracts

If you are here to obtain an Event Contract…

1. Click the link below. You can fill most of the information out electronically, but you will need to print the form out to get signatures.

2. Fill out the contract, complete with RD signature, and either slide it under the ASAP office door (last one on the right in Lower Gladfelter) or scan it in and submit it electronically (to NO LATER than 9:00 on the Friday one week before the proposed party weekend. For example, if someone wants to have a party on September 25th, we need to have the contract by September 18. Students are responsible for scheduling an ASAP Ally training via ASAP (via email or stopping by the ASAP Crew Office. This semester, we have coverage every afternoon between 2:30 and 5 and some evenings. We are happy to work around your schedule!

3. Event committee (ASAP, Public Safety, and Housing) will meet to discuss contracts at 10:00 on Fridays. Students are welcome and encouraged to join this conversation, if possible! Students will receive an email with outcomes following the email.

WWC Event Contract


ASAP Staff


Mariel Epstein

Mariel Epstein is Warren Wilson College’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Coordinator.  Mariel is an ‘07 Warren Wilson alumni.  After graduation, Mariel went on to obtain her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Georgia.  Mariel holds an LCSW, LCAS, and has a background in clinical social work as well as public health education, which means that yes, she is comfortable talking about everything.  Her office is in Lower Glad, and she is always happy to provide support and answer questions.  She  has an open door policy and encourages you to swing by and say hello (last office on the right before the mailboxes) or to email to make an appointment.

Community Partners

Warren Wilson College has regular programming on campus that is helpful for anyone trying to lead a healthier and happier lifestyle. ASAP regularly coordinates with Wellness, Student Activities, RISE, Athletics, the Counseling Center, Service Learning, and others to make sure that we are in the know as far as opportunities for students to thrive.

ASAP is happy to provide transportation to meetings, including AA, NA, Al-Anon, and Smart Recovery, as requested. If you are searching for your recovery community, know that you are not alone! can help you find it.

Please feel free to reach out to us if you need support in finding activities to support your health, growth, and learning process.  If you would like more information, please contact Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Coordinator/ASAP Crew Supervisor Mariel Epstein at or (828) 771-2091.