Resources for Students in Recovery

We understand the unique challenges that students in recovery face in the college environment. Tufts is committed to helping students in recovery through a network of supports and resources throughout campus and in the local community. We strive to create a nurturing and supportive environment where students in recovery are empowered to achieve, personal, academic, and professional goals.

Health Promotion and Prevention to offer additional resources for students in substance abuse recovery

Many students entering college experience a degree of excitement, anxiety and uncertainty. For students recovering from substance abuse, however, there is an added concern regarding how to sustain their recovery on a college campus.  Read the Director of Health Promotion and Prevention Ian Wong's interview with The Tufts Daily on campus efforts to support students in substance abuse recovery: article.

Resources at Tufts

  • Office of Health Promotion & Prevention
    The Health Promotion & Prevention staff are able to connect students in recovery with both on and off campus resources, other students in recovery and support programs.

  • Counseling and Mental Health Services
    We are a diverse team of clinicians deeply committed to college mental health. We offer a range of free and confidential services to all undergraduates and to graduate students who have paid the health fee.
  • Health Service
    We are your primary health care site and offer walk in hours and appointments, depending on your health care needs and busy schedule. Office visits are covered through the health fee, and we have a lab on site as well as a pharmacy that delivers daily.
  • Dean of Student Affairs Office
    Tufts Student Affairs office is a central resource and can help you out when you’re not sure where to start. We support an inclusive and safe community for all students and promote leadership development in partnership with many other campus offices.
  • University Chaplaincy

    The University Chaplaincy is a dynamic hub supporting religious, spiritual, ethical, and cultural life for all members of the Tufts community. Tufts has approximately 18 undergraduate religious and philosophical communities, many of which take a principled perspective on the use of alcohol and other drugs and seek to provide healthy alternatives for making friends and being social. These groups are also places to nurture your spirituality, which is an important aspect of recovery for many people. In addition, our staff chaplains and residents provide pastoral care, which is a form of confidential counseling that can provide connections to relevant recovery resources, both religious and nonreligious.

Resources off Campus

The greater Boston area has a wide array of offerings for students in recovery. Home to numerous colleges and universities, Boston is a young and vibrant city. If you are new to the area, contact us for help connecting with local resources.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings (options throughout Massachusetts)
    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership.

  • Adult Children Of Alcoholics (ACOA) Meetings
    The term “adult child” is used to describe adults who grew up in homes with the presence of alcohol or drugs. Members meet to share experience and recovery in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Meetings
    Narcotics Anonymous welcome anyone who is trying to overcome any type of drug or alcohol dependence. Membership is free and meetings follow the 12-step approach similar to AA.

  • AdCare Hospital (617-227-2622)
    AdCare Hospital offers nationally recognized inpatient and outpatient treatment for individuals and families affected by alcohol and drug diseases. Adcare Boston offers outpatient services including: Comprehensive Assessment, Intensive Outpatient – Day and Evening, Individual, Group and Family Counseling, and Early Recovery Group.
  • Massachusetts HelpLine
    The Helpline offers free, confidential information and referrals for alcohol and drug problems. Personalized phone services in any language are available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Call 800-327-5050.
  • Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR)
    MOAR's mission is to organize recovering individuals, families, and friends into a collective voice to educate the public about the value of recovery from alcohol and other addictions.
  • Treatment Centers
    Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, an on-line source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.
  • Transforming Youth Recovery
    Transforming Youth Recovery works to increase recovery success for students struggling with addiction. We use the real world experiences of students in recovery to educate the public about addiction and recovery and to erase the social stigma. We support educators, parents and community members in helping students in recovery thrive in the fullness of everyday life.     
  • Association of Recovery in Higher Education
    The Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) is the only association exclusively representing collegiate recovery programs (CRPs) and collegiate recovery communities (CRCs), the faculty and staff who support them, and the students who represent them. ARHE provides the education, resources, and community connection needed to help change the trajectory of recovering student’s lives. 
  • The Fix
    Launched in March 2011, The Fix has fast carved out a remarkable niche on the Internet as the leading addiction and recovery source of news, personal guidance and utterly practical resources.                                                                 

Social Opportunites

  • Phoenix Multi Sport
    Located in Boston, MA, Phoenix Multisport fosters a supportive, physically active community for individuals who are recovering from alcohol and substance abuse and those who choose to live a sober life. Through pursuits such as climbing, hiking, running, strength training, yoga, road/mountain biking, socials and other activities, we seek to help our members develop and maintain the emotional strength they need to stay sober.

  • Another Option
    Another Option provides alcohol free programs and events for Tufts students on the weekends.

  • Boston Bulldogs Running Club
    The Boston Bulldogs Running Club are a co-ed 501(c)3 non-profit running club established to provide an anonymous and safe community of support for all those adversely affected by addiction - those in recovery, their families and friends, the clinical community and the community at large.

  • Recovey Corps

The Mayor's Office of Recovery Services is building a volunteer/networking initiative called Recovery Corps and would like you to consider getting involved, and to help spread the word to anyone who may be interested. Whether you are a person in early or long-term recovery, or a college student looking for volunteer opportunities, Recovery Corps is for you; everyone is welcome to join.

 They plan to organize regular service and fun social events. Our first projects will include an open mic night and a clothing drive for those in need. If you are interested in learning more and potentially participating, please sign up here:
 Brendan Little
Policy Director
Mayor's Office of Recovery Services
City of Boston
Cell: (857) 321-1158
Office: (617) 534-5484
Twitter: @ORSBoston
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ORSBoston

Support for Families

  • Al-Anon Meetings
    The primary purpose of Al-Anon/Alateen is to help families and friends of alcoholics. Alateen is part of Al-Anon and is for young people affected by another's drinking. 

  • Learn to Cope
    Learn to Cope is a non-profit support network that offers education, resources, peer support and hope for parents and family members coping with a loved one addicted to opiates or other drugs.