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Worried About Yourself or a Friend's Drug or Alcohol Usage?

We Can Help


Schedule an Appointment

Staff Members, Addiction Specialists, and Clinical Interns are available to discuss alcohol and drug related issues.  Whether you are worried about yourself or a friend, speaking to a professional will provide helpful feedback and non judgmental support while providing referrals if necessary.  Conversations are confidential and identifying information will not be shared without your permission.  Sessions are free of charge.

To schedule an appointment email or visit our office in Gasson Suite 013. 


How to Help a Friend

  • Get sound advice.  Go to a Boston College staff member* or health professional.  You don’t have to name any names.  If you explain the situation to a third party, it may help you figure out how to proceed.
  • Get sobriety on your side.  When it’s time to talk to your friend, make sure he or she isn’t drunk.  The time will never feel “right” to bring up such a tough subject, but beginning your talk when you’re both alert will give you a better chance of being heard.
  •  Know resources to recommend to your friend on campus.
  • Keep it personal.  Begin the conversation with your friend by letting him or her know you care, and that’s why you are going to be honest.  Use your own feelings about the situation- “The way you act when you’re drinking makes me worry about you” instead of “so and so said you get too drunk.”  Be up front and list the negative affects you have seen alcohol have on the person, including health problems, memory loss, high risk behaviors, blackouts, friend/roommate conflicts etc.
  • Expect denial.  It won’t be easy to get a friend to admit that he or she may have a problem.  Hear your friend out.  Also, although they may not be ready to make a change, they will have the information for the future. 

*A staff member of the Alcohol and Drug Education Program is available to speak confidentially with you about any concerns you may have about yourself or another student.


Campus Resources

Dean of Students Office
The Office of the Dean for Student Development is dedicated to facilitating student development and learning in all facets of the undergraduate experience. Utilizing a comprehensive approach to community development that is informed by the Jesuit, Catholic values of Boston College, the office addresses a variety of issues including civility and respect, inclusion, disability, gender and sexuality, diversity, alcohol and substance abuse, and student conduct both on and off campus.

Counseling Services
University Counseling Services addresses the mental health needs of the Boston College community by working with students in counseling or psychotherapy and by working with faculty and administrators on problem solving and policy decision making. Services include individual psychological counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention, referral, and consultation regarding concerns about others.

Health Services
University Health Services provides confidential medical care and educational programs to safeguard the physical well-being and mental health of students. Professional staff includes primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and specialty consultants. The Primary Care Center offers outpatient services by appointment and a 10-bed Inpatient Unit with 24-hour nursing care and evaluations during the academic year.

Boston College Police
Emergency: 617-552-4444
Non-Emergency: 617-552-4440
The Boston College Police Department (BCPD) works to develop and maintain positive relationships with all members of the Boston College Community. One of BCPD's prime objectives is to assure the safety of all University students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

AIM Program

AIM is a weekly education/counseling group that helps students identify and implement safer, healthier choices regarding alcohol and drug use. The AIM format is a 10 session program with a curriculum that focuses on self-awareness, personal responsibility, self-motivation and the identification and restoration of personal values that have been affected by and cause alcohol abuse. The AIM group is facilitated by local treatment providers that are licensed and trained in substance abuse and mental health disciplines. The AIM counselors work in the Boston community, and are not Boston College administrators.