Resources for Individual Students & Student Groups

Individual Alcohol/Drug Counseling

Students with concerns about alcohol or drug use, either their own or that of someone they are close to, are encouraged to call 848-932-7884 and talk with an Alcohol/Drug Counselor. Alcohol and other Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) provides confidential consultation services to faculty and staff to assist them in referring students.

The primary goal of the program is early identification of alcohol and other drug problems and substance use disorder. There is a much greater chance of recovery when a substance use problem is detected early and addressed with appropriate interventions.

If you are uncertain about whether counseling is the right step, we encourage you to make an appointment to speak to a counselor to discuss concerns you might have about your own substance use or about the substance use of someone you know and  how best to refer them for counseling.

All counseling is confidential. 

Support Groups

The Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) offers groups for a variety of substance related issues:

Early Recovery Group – this is a support group for those students who are just beginning their recovery from alcohol/drug addiction. It gives the students a place to talk with others who have had similar experiences and who are making changes in their daily college life. It is also a good support network for students to meet others with more time in recovery.


Adult Children of Alcoholics – this is a support/therapy group for those students who have grown up with a family member who had or continues to have an alcohol/drug problem. This group helps students to feel less isolated, and also helps them to develop coping skills to deal with both their family’s situation and social/academic issues.


Alcohol and Drug Education – this group provides a service for those students who have been arrested for a drug or alcohol related offense (DWI, possession, underage drinking). The staff works closely with the court system to meet the requirements of probation and sentencing.


AA & NA meetings – Although not affiliated with the University, there are a number of AA /NA meetings either on or near campus which the ADAP staff can help recovering students connect with.

For more information on meetings in the area call Counseling, ADAP, and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) at 848-932-7884 or click on one of the links below.

To find local Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings, visit Northern New Jersey’s Alcoholics Anonymous.

To find local Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings, visit NA in New Jersey.

To find local Marijuana Anonymous (MA) meetings, visit the New Jersey section of Marijuana Anonymous.

Recovery Housing

Rutgers University is proud to offer on-campus housing dedicated to students in recovery from alcohol and/or drug dependence. The Rutgers Recovery House, a 12-month, on-campus housing option, offers students the opportunity to have a fulfilling residential college experience living within a supportive community with other students in recovery. Residents receive recovery support from the Alcohol and other Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) counselors, as well as academic and career support. There are no signs identifying the Recovery House in order to protect the anonymity and privacy of students who live there.

For more information on the Recovery House, visit, call ADAP at 848-932-7884, or email

Referrals to Community Specialists

CAPS maintains a list of local and state-wide community mental health providers including:

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Drug and Alcohol Specialists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs for:
    • Mental Health/Trauma
    • Substance Abuse
    • Co-Occurring Disorders
    • Eating Disorders

If interested in a referral to a community mental health provider, please contact CAPS at (848) 932-7884 for assistance.

Alcohol and Other Drug Overviews

Alcohol 101
Learn the facts and debunk the myths about alcohol, its effects on your body, responsible drinking, intoxication rate factors, and how to help a friend. The workshop focuses on facts incorporating alcohol into a beneficial conversation for students. Content includes myths, potential dangers, and alcohol serving size information. Request this workshop via HOPE online.


BeLEAF Me: A Marijuana Mystery
BeLEAF Me challenges what students know about the side effects of marijuana use including short and long term effects. Request this workshop via HOPE online.


Generation Rx
This interactive workshop discusses the potential consequences of misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. Participants will learn strategies for prevention and valuable on-campus resources. Request this workshop via HOPE online.


Techniques of Alcohol Management 
Developed by the licensed beverage industry in conjunction with liquor control, law enforcement, highway safety and substance abuse organizations, this program covers a wide variety of information including:

  • False Identification
  • Laws, Rules, and Regulations
  • Clinical Effects of Alcohol
  • Customer Disturbances
  • Alcohol Management

For more information or to set up a program, please contact Lt. Tim Wilmot with RUPD at 848-932-4984.

Alcohol and Driving

Rutgers Comprehensive Alcohol and Traffic Education and Enforcement Program (RCAT)
RCAT is a community-based program funded by the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety grant. RUPD solicits input from students and employees of the university on innovative ways to reduce alcohol and illegal drug use by the university community. Police officers are available to provide interactive presentations to groups and organizations to increase awareness of the hazards of alcohol abuse and illegal drug activity. For more information contact Lt. Tim Wilmot with RUPD at 848-932-4984.


Driving While Intoxicated
“I only had two drinks, I can drive.” This age old line is brought to a different light in this RUPD program. Participants put on glasses that create a physical state of how much alcohol really does distort vision and perception while driving. Available upon request for groups of 5-10. For more information contact Lt. Tim Wilmot with RUPD at 848-932-4984.

Alcohol and Student Life

SHADES Theater
Student Health Advocates Developing Educational Scenario (SHADES) Theater offers performances on a wide variety of issues. Performances include 4-5 short scenes followed by a facilitated discussion with the audience while the actors remain in character. Performances can be structured around one specific theme such as alcohol, tobacco & other drug use or around a variety of themes including but not limited to:

  • Sexual health & sexuality
  • Alcohol, tobacco & other drug use
  • Mental health
  • Body image
  • Racism
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, & queer issues
  • Gender
  • Relationships

When requesting a performance, indicate the topic(s) to be addressed. If the performance is being organized to address an incident in a residence hall, student organization, or Greek-letter organization, please indicate this as well. Request this workshop via HOPE online.


The Party – Breaking It Down
Alcohol and other drugs can impact any part of a student’s life – including sexuality and sexual health. This workshop addresses the various ways that alcohol and other drugs can impact sexual decision making and also consequences. Includes discussion about responsible drinking and safer sex practices. Request this workshop via HOPE online.

Resources for Employees

Find more information on counseling resources on the Rutgers Human Resources Services page.

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) are staffed by professional counselors who can help employees and their eligible dependents handle issues such as stress, alcoholism, drug abuse, mental health conditions, and family difficulties. An EAP staff member will provide education, information, counseling, and individual referrals to assist with a wide range of personal or social problems. The EAP will also assist you in obtaining a referral to the proper health care provider, and help in day-to-day communications with your health plan.

An employee’s contact with this service is private, privileged, and strictly confidential. No information will be shared with anyone at anytime without your written consent.


The State Employee Advisory Service (EAS) is available 24 hours a day at 1-866-EAS-9133.



The Rutgers Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) provides comprehensive counseling and referral services to the university community for a range of areas, including issues related to alcohol and other drug use. Through its collaboration with other university and community agencies, the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program promotes a supportive and harmonious workplace and recognizes the individual challenges and needs of Rutgers employees.

Costs for outside services, if referrals are made, are the responsibility of the client. Health insurance may cover some or all of these costs. To access any of the services listed below, make an appointment or speak with someone in FSAP, call 848-932-3956. More information can also be found on the FSAP website.

Crisis Management

University departments or groups of staff can request assistance when facing a shared crisis such as the death of a coworker, serious illness, inappropriate behavior in the workplace, crime, or workplace transition. 24-hour service is available for crisis and emergency contact by calling 848-932-3956.

Assessment, Counseling, and Referral

  • You have the opportunity to discuss your concerns, receive counseling and/or referrals to appropriate outside agencies, and make decisions about how to handle your needs in the workplace.
  • Counseling is provided by a licensed, credentialed counselor.
  • In addition to substance abuse, common areas of concern for staff include family relationships, bereavement, financial problems, caring for adult family members, child and adolescent development.
  • Conversations with counselors are completely confidential.


  • Consultations can be provided to supervisors, administrators, coworkers, or family members who have concerns about the mental health or use of alcohol or other drugs of someone else.
  • Supervisors can request assistance with managing a poorly performing employee where there is a known or suspected personal problem that is negatively affecting the employee’s job performance.
  • Department leaders can request assistance with organizational change and transition or group conflict resolution. Workshops can be tailored to the unique needs of a specific administrative or faculty unit.

Behavioral Health Coverage

Treatment of alcohol or substance abuse is covered by the behavioral health program in your individual insurance plan. Mental health conditions are treated like any other illness. Regardless of your specific insurance plan, Under the State Health Benefits Program:

  • There will be no copayment charged for outpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment.
  • All insurance plans use standard treatment criteria established by the American Society of Addictive Medicine (ASAM).
  • Following a detoxification patients may be eligible for up to 28 days of inpatient rehabilitation per occurrence, if medically necessary.

More information on the State Health Benefits Program can be found in the Program Handbook.

Rutgers University – New Brunswick Policies, Documents and other Resources

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