Counseling and Wellness Services (CWS) offers free, non-judgmental, and confidential assistance to NYU students who have concerns related to their use of alcohol or other drugs. Services include crisis intervention, individual psychotherapy, group counseling, medication management with an addictions psychiatrist, and referrals for treatment programs and support groups outside of CWS.

In addition to these services, CWS also offers resources for students in recovery from alcohol or substance abuse/dependence. Students are able to talk about what recovery means to them, identify and manage stressors/triggers that may hinder recovery, as well as share protective factors in a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment. Students also have the opportunity to openly discuss the potential challenges, consequences, and benefits related to being in recovery.

The Wellness Exchange is available 24/7/365 to address any concerns or questions regarding alcohol or substance use.

SAFE Program

The SAFE (Substance Assessment, Feedback, and Evaluation) program helps students examine their own substance-related behaviors in a safe, judgment-free environment. The SAFE program helps students reduce high-risk behaviors and harmful consequences related to their use of alcohol or other drugs, identify motivations/triggers, and build skills to help promote change. The SAFE program offers a range of services, including individual and group counseling, psychiatric evaluations and medication management by an addictions psychiatrist, and referrals for outside treatment (e.g., detox, rehab, long-term therapy). Informal clinical consultation around addressing substance use issues within patients is also offered between the treating therapist and any CWS SAFE Team member.


  • Choices and Change is a harm-reduction group that provides a opportunity for students to discuss concerns about their substance use, identify motivations/triggers, and consider making changes in their behavior.
  • Recovery and Me is a group for students who are sober and seeking to bolster and maintain their recovery from substance abuse/dependence in a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment.
  • Cannabis Harm-Reduction Support Group is designed to help students explore their cannabis (marijuana) use in a supportive, nonjudgmental environment using a harm-reduction approach.
  • Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention is a toolkit designed to bring practices of mindful awareness to NYU students who have experienced the addictive and reactive trappings of the mind foster increased awareness of triggers, destructive habitual patterns, and automatic reactions.


BASICS is an alcohol skills training program conducted over the course of two 45-minute sessions by SAFE Team clinicians providing in-depth alcohol/substance assessments, personalized feedback on myths about alcohol/substance effects, facts on alcohol/substance norms, ways to reduce future risks associated with alcohol/substance use, and options to assist in making changes.

To make an appointment, call (212) 998-4780. For additional information about the SAFE program please call Alexandra Milonas (212) 998-4785.