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Drexel Campus Resources

This is a partial list of Drexel resources who work with the C.H.O.I.C.E.S Center to address Substance Abuse issues in the Drexel community.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center on the University City Campus offers free, confidential counseling services provided by mental health professionals to currently enrolled full-time undergraduate and graduate students in an atmosphere that is welcoming and comfortable for all students.

Peer Counseling Helpline

The Peer Counseling Helpline is a FREE, CONFIDENTIAL and ANONYMOUS helpline. It is staffed by volunteer students who help to provide support, referrals and a listening ear to all college undergraduates and graduates. This is not a HOTLINE for crisis intervention, but rather a HELPLINE to freely discuss troublesome topics.

Student Affairs

Involvement in Student Affairs is essential in making Drexel’s campus life a valuable experience. We encourage students to participate in out-o-classroom activities, become involved, and learn from those experiences. The good times, the good friends, and support you will receive create and exciting environment in which to live and learn.

Student Counseling Center, Center City Campus

The Student Counseling Center on the Center City Campus aims to improve the quality of life and emotional well-being of all students. The SCC offers a variety of therapeutic and academic counseling services free of charge to currently enrolled Drexel University students. An exception is formal psychoeducational and neuropsychological testing, for which there is a fee. The staff provides professional, confidential assistance in a supportive atmosphere.

The Student Counseling Center serves students whose academic programs are based on the Center City Campus, i.e., students who attend the College of Nursing and Health Professions, the School of Public Health, and the School of Medicine.

Drexel University Recovery (DUR)

This is an on campus, anonymous, student run recovery group that meets weekly and is open to students in all stages of recovery.  For more information contact The C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Center directly at 215-895-3832.

Philadelphia Area Resources

This is a partial list of agencies and alliances with which we work who provide additional, and often specialized, Substance Abuse services, including recovery support groups in the greater Philadelphia.

Sobriety On Line

Sobriety Online is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting alcoholics and people with addictions in their recovery. A quote from their website reads: "There are many sites dealing with alcoholism and addiction on the web; however, what sets us apart is that we are committed to providing information and resources for people recovering from alcoholism and addiction (and their families) in Southeast Pennsylvania (SE PA) including Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County and the City of Philadelphia." This site will also help you find a local AA or NA meeting close to you.

Philadelphia Prevention Partnership

The Philadelphia Prevention Partnership is a coalition of community partnerships sharing the common goal of preventing substance abuse. This multicultural partnership addresses critical addiction issues by providing education, information, and training programs to individuals, families, agencies, and local community and cultural groups. In order to reach effectively key ethnic population groups, the Philadelphia Prevention Partnership has forged close working relationships with organizations representing the Latino, African American, and working-class European-American communities.

Rehab After Work

Rehab After Work (RAW) and Rehab After School is a licensed outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program which has been helping addicted individuals find the road to recovery for over a decade. The founding principle of our company is that of helping people and their families who are suffering from the disease of addictions. To our clients and their families, we represent hope, counselors who care about them, a company who cares about them, and a chance at a new life.

Rehab After Work & Rehab After School provides individualized treatment programs so that those seeking help can receive needed counseling on an outpatient basis or an intensive outpatient basis allowing clients to continue to maintain their jobs and/or attend schooling.

The Caron Foundation

Caron Treatment Centers is a leading, non-profit provider of addiction treatment services in the fight against chemical dependency. Caron provides a comprehensive continuum of treatment services that focus on the medical, psychological/psychiatric, clinical, physical and spiritual aspects of one's recovery; all while being based on the 12-Step philosophy.

Caron offers gender-separate, gender-specific treatment programs with a full spectrum of services including: assessments, primary, relapse and extended residential treatment programs for adolescents, young adults and adults, as well as programs for families affected by the disease of addiction. With nearly 70% of patients entering treatment already suffering from psychiatric/psychological disorders in addition to their chemical dependency, Caron has extensive experience in treating co-occurring disorders within the patient community.

The Philadelphia Alliance

The Philadelphia Alliance, a professional society of fifty specialized agencies, working cooperatively, is committed to improving the quality of services for people with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and challenges from addictions to drugs and/or alcohol through leadership and support of the human services system.

"The purposes of the Alliance are to bring together agencies providing community mental health, mental retardation and drug and alcohol services to improve, participate in and help implement the planning and coordination of these services throughout the Philadelphia area; to strengthen the working relationships among member agencies and with the City Administration and other relevant governmental offices; to further the opportunity and ability of member agencies to contribute to the effective delivery of services to the city's citizens affected by mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and drug and alcohol dependency."

National/International Resources

This in a partial list of federal agencies with whom Drexel has an ongoing working relationship who a) help inform our practice and b) serve as great resources of information on Substance Abuse and related information for the national and international Drexel family.

The Network: Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Issues

Begun in 1987 by U.S. Department of Education, The Network is a national consortium of institutions of higher education sharing and disseminating information to help curb alcohol and other drug abuse as well as violent behavior among college students. The Network is a voluntary membership organization whose member institutions agree to work toward a set of standards aimed at reducing alcohol and other drug problems at colleges and universities. It now has approximately 1,600 members nationwide.

The Network is the national organization that proactively addresses the issues of alcohol, other drugs, and violence in order to promote healthy campus environments through self-regulatory initiatives, information dissemination, and technical assistance. The Network serves as a liaison between the U.S. Department of Education and member institutions as well as other higher education professional organizations. Member institutions encourage and enhance local, state, regional, and national initiatives through a commitment to shared standards for policy development, educational strategies, enforcement, evaluation, and community collaboration.

It develops collaborative alcohol, other drug, and violence prevention efforts among colleges and universities through electronic information exchange, printed materials, and sponsorship of national, regional, and state activities and conferences. Each Network member has a campus contact that, as part of the constituency of the region, helps determine activities of the Network.


Student Health Information at reports on the latest information regarding alcohol and other drugs as it relates to students.  The site is updated frequently as new information is available.  This is an excellent site for students, and other Drexel community members, to learn more about factual information, including risks associated with dangerous use of substances such as; Adderall, alcohol, cold medicine, OxyContin and medical marijuana. To see more clink on the following link Student Health Information (Student Health page) 

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

When it comes to preventing drug and alcohol abuse, there is no one-fits-all approach. It takes solutions that are based on a community’s unique problems and circumstances. That’s why, since 1992 Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) has been training local grassroots groups, known as community anti-drug coalitions, in effective community problem-solving strategies, teaching them how to assess their local substance abuse-related problems and develop a comprehensive plan to address them. Today, CADCA is the nation’s leading drug abuse prevention organization, representing the interests of more than 5,000 community anti-drug coalitions in the country.

CADCA's international work mirrors its mission of "building and strengthening the capacity of community coalitions to create safe, healthy and drug free environments”. Through support from the United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, CADCA's international work has focused primarily upon providing training and technical assistance to non-government organizations (NGOs) in the area of core competencies for community mobilization to reduce illegal drugs.

CADCA's goal is to equip prevention leaders and others in foreign countries with the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to build effective coalitions. CADCA is currently working in 8 different countries: Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil and South Africa.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. In order to achieve this mission, SAMHSA has identified 8 Strategic Initiatives to focus the Agency's work on improving lives and capitalizing on emerging opportunities.

SAMHSA was established in 1992 and directed by Congress to target effectively substance abuse and mental health services to the people most in need and to translate research in these areas more effectively and more rapidly into the general health care system. Over the years SAMHSA has demonstrated that - prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance use disorders. Behavioral health services improve health status and reduce health care and other costs to society. Continued improvement in the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery support services provides a cost effective opportunity to advance and protect the Nation's health.

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

The White House is committed to restoring balance to U.S. drug-control efforts by coordinating an unprecedented government-wide public health and public safety approach to reduce drug use and its consequences. Led by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), this effort includes a renewed emphasis on community-based prevention programs, early intervention programs in healthcare settings, aligning criminal justice policies and public health systems to divert non-violent drug offenders into treatment instead of jail, funding scientific research on drug use, and, through the Affordable Care Act, expanding access to substance abuse treatment.

A component of the Executive Office of the President, ONDCP was created by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988. ONDCP advises the President on drug-control issues, coordinates drug-control activities and related funding across the Federal government, and produces the annual National Drug Control Strategy, which outlines Administration efforts to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences.

While the bulk of our drug-control efforts are domestic, strong partnerships with our international allies abroad are vital to reducing the threats that drug use, production, and trafficking pose to our national security.

Today, we are in an era of unprecedented cooperation among the United States and partners around the world in combating the threats drugs pose to our citizens. Long gone are the days of “supplier” nations and “consumer” nations casting blame on each other for the consequences of the illicit drug trade. There is now a global recognition that addressing the use, production, and trafficking of drugs is a shared responsibility among all nations. To build upon this effort, ONDCP is working closely with partner nations and international organizations in a variety of ways to combat the threats drugs pose to democracies and public health around the world. These efforts to stem the flow of drugs entering the United States work in concert with our robust efforts to reduce the demand for drugs at home, which will in turn reduce the revenue transnational criminal organizations, require to operate.

Mobile Apps

Periodically we come across a mobile app for your portable devices (iPad, iPhone, Droid, tablets, etc.) that can be beneficial in assisting you with educating yourself or with your recovery process. These will be updated as we find new ones, so please check back often.

The iPromises Recovery Companion for iTunes.