Counseling and Wellness Services offers free, non-judgmental, and confidential assistance to NYU students who have concerns related to their use of alcohol or other drugs through a range of services, including the The SAFE (Substance Assessment, Feedback and Evaluation) program. In addition, CWS also has a hotline operated 24 hours/day through its Wellness Exchange (212-443-9999) where students can call with any concerns or questions regarding alcohol or substance use, and be directed to CWS staff who specialize in substance use. 

The SAFE program helps students examine their own substance-related behaviors in a safe, judgment-free environment. The focus of the SAFE program is to help students reduce high-risk behaviors and harmful consequences related to their use of alcohol or other drugs, identify motivations and triggers related to their use, and build skills to help promote change. Services are provided by a multi-disciplinary clinical team within CWS, and are non-judgmental, non-labeling and confidential.


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 nonjudgmental opportunity for students to discuss concerns about their substance use, identify motivations and 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.

The SAFE program is housed in Counseling and Wellness Services, in NYU’s Student Health Center @ 726 Broadway, Suite 471. To make an appointment, call the main number 212-998-4780.