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Getting Help

College is typically an exciting a time of discovery, new experiences, growth and relationship building. Alongside this unmatched time in your student’s life, college brings many temptations to fall into the cycle of misuse of alcohol and other drugs. If your student is having difficulty navigating the substance misuse on campus, or if you believe they are in the cycle of addiction, it is important to know who can help.

Parent Support

College students often find themselves struggling with the pressures of alcohol and drug misuse for a myriad of reasons. Stress, course load, curiosity, peer pressure, body image issues, depression and more. As a parent, it is crucial that you maintain a strong relationship with your student so when these factors arise, you are poised to connect them with on-campus resources to help navigate the issue in a healthy and productive way. Contact the Student Life / Student Wellness Organization on your student’s campus to find out what resources are available. Often times, the counseling center on campus is a great place to receive help.

If you are having difficulty finding help on a particular campus for your student, please call the Higher Education Center to get connected with a representative to assist you. The student is our priority!

Resources to Help Your Student

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
National Drug Information Treatment and Referral Hotline
800–662–HELP (4357) (toll free)
Bethesda, MD 20892-9304
(301) 443-3860


Provides information, support, treatment options, and referrals to local rehab centers for drug or alcohol problems. Operates 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Join Together
One Appleton Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 437-1500


A national resource center for communities who are working to prevent alcohol and other drug abuse across the nation.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
22 Cortlandt Street, Suite 801
New York, NY 10005
(800) NCA–CALL (622–2255)
(toll-free; 24-hour affiliate referral)


Provides educational materials on alcohol abuse and alcoholism as well as phone numbers of local NCADD affiliates who can provide information on local treatment resources.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Scientific Communications Branch
5635 Fishers Lane, MSC 9304
Bethesda, MD 20892-9304
(301) 443-3860


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