Balancing freedom and responsibility when it comes to substance use can be challenging in college. IC students are encouraged to take advantage of the many helpful resources available on our campus and in the community. The services listed here are designed to be sensitive to the challenges college students face when dealing with alcohol or other drug-related concerns. 

On Campus Resources

BASICS is a free and confidential program to assist you in examining your drinking and other drug use in a judgment-free environment. BASICS is not an abstinence-only program. Instead, the goals are selected by you and aimed at reducing risky behavior and potential harmful consequences. 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Ithaca College offers individual and group counseling in a private and convenient setting for students.  Additionally, CAPS Crisis Services are available from 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday. After-Hours On-Call availability include Monday through Friday from 5pm to 8:30am and 24-hours on weekends, holidays, & closures. 

Ithaca Community Resources

Al-Anon is a twelve-step group for friends and family members of people with addictions that meets off campus. For information about local meetings please visit the Al-Anon website.

The Ithaca Community Recovery (ICR) is a non-profit organization that provides safe, affordable, and drug/alcohol free meeting spaces for 12 Step and other recovery-related groups, individuals, and their families. Visit their website for local meeting times and locations. 

Other websites which offer meeting information are the AA website, the Al-Anon website, and the Marijuana Anonymous website.

Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services (CARS) offers individualized services tailored to meet the needs of college students. CARS accepts most insurance plans, and fees are on a sliding scale. To make an appointment, call 607 273-5500.

National Resources

Going to a local agency can often be helpful and supportive, even if you're planning to access services at home, or elsewhere. If you're planning to leave Ithaca, here are a few websites that can help with locating treatment programs throughout the U.S.

SAMHSA offers a national directory of facilities "in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance use/addiction and/or mental health problems."

The NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator can be used to help adults find evidence-based, alcohol treatment for themselves or a loved one (over the age of 18).  

The Recovery Research Institute is a donor-funded initiative sponsored by Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School that presents evidence-based information surrounding addiction treatment and recovery.