If you’re struggling with alcohol or other drug use – or if you’re concerned about or impacted by someone someone who is – we have services and resources that can help.
Visit our Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) Resources section for information about:
- use among students
- tips for partying safely
- how to identify a dependency problem
Services at Cornell Health:
BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening & Intervention for College Students) is a two-session assessment and feedback process that helps you evaluate your own alcohol / drug use, and explore in a judgment-free environment how your use may be affecting your life.
Some students choose to participate in BASICS to learn more about their own behavior, and/or develop strategies for decreasing their drinking or drug use. Other students may be required to participate in BASICS when found in violation of Cornell’s Code of Conduct or House Rules.
Visit our BASICS page for more information.
Speaking with a Cornell Health counselor can help you work through challenges you might be facing, including those related to alcohol or other drugs (AOD).
A counselor can help you develop strategies for reducing or abstaining from alcohol / drug use, and address any underlying problems (family issues, depression, anxiety, etc.) that may be contributing to your use. Counseling can also be a great resource for students who are concerned about – or impacted by – a friend or family member who struggles with their AOD use.
Visit our Individual Counseling page to learn more about our counseling services and how to set up an appointment.
Our “Alcohol and Other Drug Education Group” is a four-session counseling group led by our Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff. It is for students who are referred by the Office of the Judicial Administrator for an alcohol- or drug-related incident.
Participating in this group provides the opportunity to discuss the potential effects of alcohol and other drug use on academics, relationships, health, and future plans. Group leaders emphasize a harm-reduction approach, promoting responsible and educated decision-making.
AlcoholEdu online program
AlcoholEdu is an online alcohol education program required for all new incoming undergraduate students. The interactive tool provides you with personalized information based on your biological sex and drinking behavior with the goal of helping you make healthy decisions regarding alcohol use at Cornell.
Tobacco & nicotine cessation services
Cornell Health provides both personal guidance, pharmacy support, and other resources to those who want to quit using tobacco and other nicotine products. Learn more about these services.
Other resources on campus:
Sober@Cornell is a student organization for those abstaining from alcohol and other drugs (including students in recovery), and others who are interested in exploring and enjoying sobriety at Cornell. Members meet regularly, organize activities on and off campus, and participate in a sober housing option at Cornell.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings
Anabel Taylor Hall hosts two Alcoholics Anonymous meetings each week in Room 314: on Tuesday from 12:15 – 1:00 pm, and on Thursday from 12:15 – 1:00 pm. These are "open" meetings, meaning that all are welcome, regardless of whether or not you drink, or think you have a problem. People interested in finding out what these meetings are like are welcome to come and observe.
Visit aa.org for more information about AA and what to expect from meetings.
EARS peer counseling
Trained peer counselors from Cornell’s Empathy, Assistance and Referral Services (EARS) are available to offer you confidential, judgment-free support on any issue, including alcohol and drug use.
Cornell United Religious Work (CURW)
At CURW, representatives from a wide range of religious faiths and spiritual beliefs can provide free, confidential, and individualized pastoral counseling. Learn more at curw.cornell.edu.
Resources in the community:
Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County
The Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County offers 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. To make an appointment, call 607-274-6288.
Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Alcoholics Anonymous is appropriate for anyone with questions or concerns about their drinking, and for those looking for a welcoming community to support their sobriety.
While many who attend these meetings abstain from alcohol, you do not necessarily need to be ready to stop drinking to benefit from going to AA meetings, listening to the stories of others, and building friendships. Members of the group lead the discussion sessions and attendance is free.
There are numerous daily meetings in the Ithaca area to choose from, including these two meetings on or close to campus:
- St Luke's Church (109 Oak Street, next to Collegetown Bagels) – Mondays at 8 pm
Anyone is welcome to attend this group, which tends to attract young adults, as well as undergraduate and graduate students from the local colleges.
- Anabel Taylor Hall, Room 314 – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:15 pm to 1 pm
These are "open" meetings, meaning that all are welcome, regardless of whether or not they think they have a problem. People interested in finding out what these meetings are like are welcome to come and observe.
Please check the AA website to confirm times and places of community meetings.
Marijuana Anonymous (MA)
Marijuana Anonymous offers free and confidential support group meetings for individuals who want to stop using marijuana. They offer in-person and online meetings.
Ithaca Community Recovery
Ithaca Community Recovery provides a meeting and activity space for a wide variety of 12-step and other recovery-oriented groups, including Alcoholics Anonymous, ACA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Al-Anon, Marijuana Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous.
See a current schedule of meetings here. Ithaca Community Recovery is located at 518 West Seneca Street.
Al-Anon / Alateen
Ithaca's Al-Anon / Alateen meetings are for relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experiences, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. Meetings take place at:
- Friends and Family Al-Anon Meeting on Campus: Mondays 12 noon-12:50 PM; Anabel Taylor Hall Rm 314.
- Ithaca Community Recovery, 518 West Seneca Street.