Alcohol & Drug Counseling

RU Tired of being in a haze?

RU Spending too much money trying to cure the munchies?

RU Still trying to remember what your professor said two minutes ago?

RU Interested in quitting or cutting down on your alcohol and or drug use?

How to get help:

Students with concerns about alcohol or drug use, either their own or someone they are close to, are encouraged to call 973-353-1236 and talk with an Alcohol/Drug Counselor. The Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program provides confidential consultation services to faculty and staff to assist them in referring students.

Importance of early treatment:

The primary goal of our program is early identification and treatment of alcohol and drug abuse problems and alcoholism/drug addiction. There is much greater chance for recovery when a problem is detected early.

Alcohol & Drug Counseling Questions

  1. What is Alcohol/Drug/Nicotine (ADN) Counseling?

Alcohol / Drug / Nicotine (ADN) counseling is an opportunity to explore your overall health and well being, in relation to personal use of alcohol / drugs or nicotine, or in relation to someone else's use of alcohol / drugs or nicotine. Counseling is a confidential, supportive place to discuss what is happening in your life, with a professional who will:

  • Be caring
  • Listen
  • Provide helpful information
  • Be objective
  • Be non-judgmental
  • Explore alternatives

ADN counseling can be a single meeting consultation, short term (2 to 6 meetings), or longer depending on the goals you want to accomplish. These meetings will help you address troubling experiences or feelings, or can be used to support changes you wish to make in your life. The demands of college life are stressful enough, and ADN counseling can give you a better chance to succeed academically and in your personal life. Counseling, ADAP & Psychiatric Services (CAPS) provides ADN counseling by licensed specialists.

All services are CONFIDENTIAL.

  1. Why do people seek ADN Counseling?

Most people come to ADN counseling after they've had troubling experiences or feelings related to their own, or someone else's use of alcohol / drugs or nicotine. They usually have made repeated attempts to handle these difficult experiences or feelings, without success. Please read through the following list. If any of the following statements describe your situation, you may wish to consider ADN counseling. If any of the following statements apply to someone you know, ADN counseling can help you address your concerns.

  • If you drink to get drunk.
  • If you get intoxicated, use drugs or get high when you didn't intend to.
  • If you drink or use drugs alone.
  • If you have experienced loss of memory or blackouts due to drinking and / or drug use.
  • If you have gotten involved in fights while drunk or high.
  • If you drive while drunk or high.
  • If you drop or choose friends based upon their drinking or drug use.
  • If you feel you need a drink, drug, or smoke, to be liked in social situations.
  • If others have expressed concern about your drinking, drug, or nicotine use.
  • If drinking, drug, or nicotine use is affecting your physical health on an ongoing basis, including insomnia, intestinal disturbances, mental processing, difficulty breathing, etc.
  • If drinking, drug, or nicotine use is causing conflicts with your family, friends or significant other.
  • If you need to drink, use drugs, or nicotine in order to enjoy yourself.
  • If drinking or drug use interferes with your capacity to attend class, study, write papers, or do well on exams.
  • If you have said or done anything you regretted due to drinking or drug use.
  • If you have lost the feeling of being in control due to your drinking, drug or nicotine use.
  • If drinking or drug use results in your having unsafe or unwanted sexual experiences.
  • If you are concerned about your drinking, and want to learn to drink responsibly.
  • If you have unsuccessfully tried to cut down or stop your nicotine use.
  • If you use nicotine products to control your weight, or instead of eating when you feel hungry.
  1. How do students feel about seeking ADN counseling?

Sometimes students feel hesitant about seeking ADN counseling for a variety of reasons. They may feel they should be able to handle all their problems themselves, or may feel shame or guilt about their difficulties. Those who enter counseling usually have spent a period of time debating within themselves whether to attend or not. Most students have mixed feelings about limiting or ending their use of alcohol / drugs or nicotine. Many have tried to do this without success and are unsure if change is possible. In addition, some students are concerned that if they seek counseling services, this will appear on school records.

Some students feel there is a stigma attached to seeking help. Others feel that attending counseling may mean "I must be crazy", or "I am an addict". Others feel that a counselor may try to convince them they are "addicted", or promote unwanted goals, one common misconception being that all students struggling with alcohol use need to end their alcohol use. Other students are fearful that entering counseling somehow means a loss of control over their life.

At ADAP we have found that students who attend counseling experience the following:

  • a safe place to talk about experiences and feelings.
  • advantages in talking to a neutral person who is not a part of their everyday life.
  • empowerment to effectively reach self-directed goals for their life that result in feeling better about themselves and life in general.

All services are CONFIDENTIAL.

  1. What happens if I am referred to ADAP by Residence Life?


In collaboration with the Office of Residence Life, ADAP will perform mandated assessments and recommend support plans for students who are struggling with alcohol and/or other drug issues that can impact their ability to function independently in university housing or have violated housing policies.

Students are referred directly by professional staff members at Residence Life and meet with specially trained ADAP staff who will assess the situation and offer suggestions for support and help.

This process includes a self-report on-line assessment, brief motivational interview to discuss assessment results, and further recommendations for treatment and support.  Some students may be referred to the Alcohol and Drug Education group and/or more intensive treatment.