Alcohol and Other Drug Programs and Treatment Services

Balancing freedom and responsibility when it comes to substance use can be very 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.

Are you looking for treatment or recovery services for yourself, for a friend, or a loved one? Check out the Recovery Research Institute, a new resource sponsored by Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

For more personalized assistance, please feel free to contact Nancy Reynolds, Program Director, Center for Health Promotion, at nreynolds@ithaca.edu or 607-274-7933.

Ithaca College Campus:

Al-Anon, the twelve-step group for friends and family members of alcoholics and addicts, meets weekly at Ithaca College. Meetings are held in the Phillips Room of Muller Chapel every Wednesday from 12:00-12:50pm. The group, officially called the South Hill Higher Ground Al-Anon Family Group, is not affiliated with Ithaca College and is open to students, faculty, staff, and members of the Ithaca community beyond the campus who seek support. The purpose of the meeting is to establish ongoing on-campus support for those who have loved ones contending with addiction. Everything shared by individuals at these meetings will be kept confidential. Free parking is available in the visitor lot near the entrance to campus from 96-B (Danby Road). For more information, contact SouthHillAFG@gmail.com.

BASICS (Balancing Alcohol and Other Substance Use for Improving College Success) 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. To make a BASICS appointment, just send an email to basics@ithaca.edu.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Ithaca College offers individual and group counseling in a private and convenient setting for students. For information on CAPS services, visit: www.ithaca.edu/sacl/counseling/.

Online AA Meetings are available! Check them out via this link:: http://www.aa-intergroup.org/index.php

Ithaca Community:

A variety of AA, NA, Al-Anon, Marijuana Anonymous and Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) groups are available at 518 West Seneca Street, Ithaca, NY. Visit the ICR website for local meeting times. Other websites which offer meeting information are the AA website,the Al-Anon website, and the Marijuana Anonymous website.

SOBER@Cornell: This is a Sober Housing Initiative located close to the Cornell campus at 216 Dearborn Place. It's a 10 bedroom house open to anyone in Ithaca who is in recovery from addiction or abstinent from substance use for any other reason. SOBER@Cornell welcomes IC students. Living with a community of sober individuals is an important way to remain substance-free, and offers support and social connection. To contact the group, send an email to sober@cornell.edu.

Fitsober: New! A local organization offering free fitness classes and outdoor events (such as hiking) in a supportive environment for those who are in recovery from addiction. The only requirement for attendance is 48 hours of clean time. Family, friends, support people and those choosing to live a sober lifestyle are also welcome. Check out their website to sign up for their newsletter and receive information about upcoming events. Fitsober.com.

The Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County provides confidential individual and group counseling. Fees are on a sliding scale, and many insurance plans are accepted. The Alcohol and Drug Council also offers court-ordered assessments. The Council is located at 201 Green Street, by the Ithaca Commons and next to the Tompkins County Public Library. It's easily accessed via the TCAT bus. Learn more about the Council at alcoholdrugcouncil.org/. For a bus schedule go to: www.tcatbus.com/ To make an appointment at the Alcohol and Drug Council, call 607-274-6288.

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. Learn more about CARS at www.carsny.org/. 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. But if you're planning to leave Ithaca right away, here are a few websites that can be useful for locating treatment programs throughout the U.S. (Be sure to check with your insurance company for in-network programs.)

All Treatment

SAMHSA Facility Directory

NIAAA has published a new online resource guide:Treatment for Alcohol Problems: Finding and Getting Help. You can download the guide, see file on the right.

Other websites that may be of interest:

Young People in Recovery

Start Your Recovery

Alcohol Addiction Information and Treatment Resources