Alcohol and Other Drug Resources

On-campus resources

For students who want to talk to someone about their choices around alcohol and drug use, or the impact of others' choices on them, there are many on campus resources to take advantage of.

McDonald Center for Student Well-Being

Alcohol Education

One-on-one, online and group alcohol education sessions are available for students to to discuss their alcohol use, alcohol culture and/or risk reduction strategies. Following the completion of the intake survey, students may participate in BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students), group education, AlcoholEdu Sanctions or other programs.  For more information or to begin the process, email


BASICS, Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students, is a nationally recognized best practice tool for alcohol interventions with multiple research studies supporting its effectiveness. BASICS is delivered in a 1:1 educational intervention model rooted in harm reduction that emphasizes personal responsibility and self-efficacy.  

BASICS uses Motivational Interviewing to help students reconsider their drinking habits and patterns. Motivational Interviewing is a non-judgemental, collaborative approach to the conversation around alcohol. 

The process involves an alcohol screening, online education and feedback discussion generally delivered over two sessions with a trained staff member. To schedule an appointment email

Alcohol eCheckUpToGo 

The Alcohol eCheckUpToGo is an interactive web survey that allows students to enhance their overall well-being through risk reduction around alcohol. Students enter information about their drinking patterns and receive feedback about their use of alcohol to use to make healthier choices.

After accessing Alcohol eCheckUpToGo, students are prompted to enter information about:

  • Demographic information
  • Drinking habits
  • Family history

Based on the information shared, Alcohol eCheckUpToGo calculates a number of variables and compares responses to national college norms and provides students with personalized feedback.

University Counseling Center

Alcohol Screening

Students are invited to utilize a free and anonymous online substance use screening.

Alcohol and Other Drug Assessments

The UCC offers individual assessments to Notre Dame students, which include detailed feedback about one's alcohol and/or other drug use. Typically involving 1-2 sessions, an assessment may be requested as a stand alone service, or recommended following an UCC intake which includes the AUDIT, a measure of substance use. Assessments are instrumental in assisting students to understand different factors (e.g., level of motivation for change, severity of use, family history) in helping to inform a treatment recommendation.

Visit or call (574) 631-7336 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Individual Counseling 

The UCC offers individual counseling appointments that allow students to meet with a counselor to address a wide range of concerns, including alcohol and other drug use, the impact of choices about alcohol and other drugs, or the effects of a family member's or significant other's substance use upon the student.

Visit or call (573) 631-7336 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Group Counseling

Each semester, the UCC offers a variety of group therapy experiences. In group therapy, students can count on the expertise of the counselors who facilitate the group, and can also get to know other students who are experiencing similar issues.  There are a wide variety of groups for students to explore, and students with concerns about their alcohol or drug use or the consequences of their use can speak to a counselor to find the best fit.

Visit or call (573) 631-7336 for more information, a current list of groups, or to schedule an appointment.

Off-campus resources

For students who want to explore off-campus, local options.

Addictions Recovery Centers

Addictions Recovery Centers provides outpatient services that are related to the misuse of one or more substances.  Enrollment in one of our programs requires a current clinical evaluation from a recognized addictions provider.  Program length and intensity is aligned to the severity of the identified problem. Contact Addictions Recovery Centers for more information.

Alcohol & Addictions Resource Center

The Alcohol & Addictions Resource Center (AARC) is a community-based, local not-for-profit agency that has been in our community for over 50 years. AARC does provide objective and independent clinical addictions assessment services. AARC does not provide alcohol or other drug treatment services. Contact AARC to schedule an independent addictions assessment.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem. For a list of local meetings go to Michana Sober and click on the large Meeting Information text in the middle of the page. 

Life Treatment Centers

Life Treatment Centers, Inc. is a non-profit, community-based organization that has served the chemical dependency needs of the St. Joseph County/North Central Indiana community since 1972. Life Treatment Centers has expanded from solely detoxification services, to a Comprehensive list of treatment services. Contact Life Treatment Centers for more information.

Oaklawn Addictions Services

Oaklawn provides mental health and addiction treatment for children, adolescents and adults throughout the Michiana community. Our specialized services range from skills training and case management to outpatient therapy and inpatient care. Contact Oaklawn for more information.