Alcohol and Other Drugs

Montclair State University’s Alcohol Prevention Project (APP) is a comprehensive, evidence-informed practice designed to implement and evaluate campus and community based strategies to prevent high-risk drinking among college students. It is a collaborative effort involving Health Promotion, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Student Conduct Officer and many campus and community partners. Some initiatives of this project include:

  • Montclair Social Norms Project (MSNP): Current literature indicates that students tend to overestimate the amount of alcohol consumed and the amount of intoxicated behaviors exhibited by their peers. This misperception creates a "false norm." Studies conducted at Montclair State University indicate that most students have 0-4 drinks when they go out (2003-2009). The MSNP is a social marketing strategy that promotes healthier choices.

Substance Free Activities: Montclair State University provides a healthy and stable support structure for students in addition to their regular academic routine. There are hundreds of programs offered by various departments and student organizations that promote health and wellness and are substance free. For a list of programs and events check out the University Web Calendar.

Although the office of Health Promotion is the primary provider of alcohol and other drug prevention education, many departments and campus partners are involved in educating students, staff, faculty and families. Our initiatives include:

Social marketing campaigns:
Using health promotion theory and social marketing principles, these campaigns aim to provide accurate health information, promote policies, identify resources, and dispel myths.

Educational workshops and presentations:
Educational presentations available to students, families, staff and faculty that explore current alcohol and drug use trends both on a campus and national level, discuss current prevention and education efforts, outline campus policies and resources, and identify signs of misuse/abuse and how to help students with a problem.

Educational harm reduction interventions:
These online intervention programs are designed to empower students to make healthier and responsible choices. These programs are available to the entire campus community on the Health Promotion and CAPS website.

Recovery resource:
The Recovery Room is an informal group whose primary purpose is for students who self-identify as recovering from alcohol and other drugs, or seeking recovery resources, to network and to support one another in a safe environment, while in college. Students in need of professional counseling services are referred to CAPS. This group is only open to Montclair State University students who are currently in recovery from alcohol or other drugs, or actively seeking recovery resources.

Substance free activities:
Montclair State University provides a healthy and stable support structure for students in addition to their regular academic routine. There are hundreds of programs offered by various departments and student organizations that promote health and wellness and are substance free. Intentional and collaborate programming between departments encourage student involvement with activities that are substance free.
Special emphasis is placed on weekend and Thursday night programming. The Center for Student Involvement, Residential Education and Services, and the Department of Campus Recreation work together throughout the year to provide events, trips and activities for all students. This is done to encourage participation in activities that foster positive social, emotional, and physical well-being.

Individual based programs and interventions:
In order to assess, prevent, and manage University challenges related to the use of alcohol and other drugs (AOD), CAPS has developed and participates in numerous campus-based initiatives directed toward reducing high risk alcohol and other drug (AOD) use among students. Utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach, individuals from across the campus (including, faculty, staff, and students) are working collaboratively to identify and support students who are at risk for alcohol and other drug abuse. CAPS provides a number of services to students who are either at risk for AOD related difficulties or who present with on-going substance-related concerns.