Alcohol & Other Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)

Risky use of alcohol and other drugs is considered America’s #1 public health problem.* Many factors can contribute to early substance misuse including; family history, psychological factors, and environmental factors.  The Alcohol & Other Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) is designed to provide early identification and interventions for students who use alcohol or other drugs. Early recognition of substance misuse or dependence provides an individual with a greater chance for addiction recovery.

ADAP is a counseling and information program for students who are concerned about their drinking or use of other drugs, about a friend's use/abuse, or about drug or alcohol use in their family.

We provide comprehensive services including:

  • Evaluation and Assessment
  • Consultation and outreach
  • Brief Motivational Interviewing
  • Individual Counseling
  • Intoxicated Driver Resources (IDRC)
  • Psychiatric care for co-occurring disorders
  • Treatment referrals
  • Family Support Services
  • Nicotine Dependence Assessment and Referral
  • Coordination with professional assistance programs including NJ Lawyers Assistance Program, Pharmacy Assistance Program, and Professional Assistance Program

Recovery Housing and Support

  • Application for Recovery Housing
  • Early Recovery Groups
  • On Campus 12-Step Meetings
  • Recovery Activities



Confidentiality at ADAP

  1. Will my academic program find out I am going to counseling?

Not without your permission. While ADAP is a part of Rutgers University, information about any student who participates in our program is not released to any other part of the Rutgers community (i.e., faculty, staff, etc.) without the permission of the student involved.

  1. What would happen if my mother or father called ADAP?

If we had your permission to speak with them, we would do so, and would be restricted to information that you allowed us to discuss with them. If we did not have your permission to speak with them, we would not acknowledge your presence in the program.

  1. Are there any circumstances that information about my being in counseling would be disclosed?

There are a few special circumstances where information would be released. These circumstances include:

  • If you are assessed as possibly harming yourself or others
  • If you experience a medical emergency while attending the program
  • If you provide information that the welfare of a child in your custody is endangered
  • If we receive a special court order or subpoena of your records from a judge. (This is very rare as Federal government has specific guidelines that only allow this to happen in special circumstances)

A more complete explanation of confidentiality is contained in our Confidentiality Mandate. 

  1. Confidentiality Mandate:

This program is required to communicate to each client that federal law and regulations protect the confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse patient records. A summary of the laws and regulations must be given to each client.


Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records:

The confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse patient records maintained by this program is protected by federal laws and regulations. Generally, the program may not say to a person outside the program that a person attends the program, or disclose any information including identifying a client as an alcohol or drug user UNLESS:

  • the client consents in writing;
  • the disclosure is allowed by a court order;
  • If you provide information that the welfare of a child or elderly adult is endangered;
  • the disclosure is made to medical personnel in a medical emergency, or to qualified personnel for research, audit, or program evaluation; or
  • the disclosure occurs between the ADAP Staff, and CAPS Staff of the Rutgers University Health Services, for the purpose of coordinating a treatment plan.

Violations of the federal laws and regulations by a program are a crime. Suspected violations may be reported to appropriate authorities in accordance with federal regulations.

Federal laws and regulations do not protect any information about a crime committed by a client either to the program or against any person who works for the program or about any threat to commit such a crime.

Federal laws and regulations do not protect any information about suspected child abuse or neglect from being reported under state law to appropriate state or local authorities. (See 42 U.S.C. 290dd-3 and 42 U.S.C. 290ee-3 for federal laws and 42 CFR - Part 2 for federal regulations.)