Alcohol and Other Drug Program

CAPS provides a number of services for students interested in better understanding their use of alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs. Services include self-assessment tools, Exploring Choices and Healthy Options (ECHO) program, individual counseling, group counseling, and off-campus referrals. For more information, please see details below or call CAPS at (973) 655-5211 to schedule an appointment.

Self-Assesment Tools

Wondering if you have a problem with alcohol or should complete an e-Chug or e-Toke assessment? Take a free online screening:


e-Chug and e-Toke will ask you about your sex.  The e-CHECKUP TO GO Program uses participants’ sex information to make assumptions about the average amount of water in the body and average metabolic rate, and to provide participants with sex-based normative comparisons when available. Normative comparisons and information about and water retention and metabolic rate for transgender or transsexual people, or for persons in transition, are currently unavailable or too complex to make basic assumptions.

If you are curious about the physical effects of alcohol (e.g., Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)), selecting the sex that you feel best describes your physical and hormonal makeup will likely provide the most accurate feedback. If you are interested in the social and normative aspects of alcohol use, select the group (males/females) to which you would like to be compared.

Please note that the sex identifying information will be displayed on the certificate upon completion of the program. If asked to submit your certificate as proof of completing the program, we encourage everyone to blackout the sex identifying information (male/female).


The electronic Check-Up to Go (e-CHUG) is a brief, self-assessment that provides you with accurate, detailed and personalized feedback on your use of alcohol, and specific information and helpful resources in the Montclair State University community. Link to: e-CHUG


The electronic THC Online Knowledge Experience (e-TOKE) is a brief, self-assessment that provides you with accurate, detailed and personalized feedback on your use of marijuana, and specific information and helpful resources in the Montclair State University community. Link to: e-TOKE


ECHO Program

The cornerstone of the alcohol and other drug treatment services at CAPS is the Exploring Change and Healthy Options (ECHO) program. The ECHO program provides students with the opportunity to explore their alcohol and/or other drug use in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. Personal exploration helps students make informed decisions about their use of substances and increase their awareness of the role that alcohol and drugs may play in their lives. Students typically meet with CAPS staff for 2-3 meetings to complete the ECHO program.

The ECHO program includes three primary components:

  • Individual initial assessment and review of alcohol and other drug (AOD) use
  • Personalized assessment and feedback of current AOD use patterns
  • Group designed to assist the student in making educated decisions about future use of alcohol and illicit substances

People may also participate in ECHO for one of the following reasons:

  1. Self-Assessment – Those students who are interested in learning about how their alcohol and other drug use impacts their lives are encouraged to complete the ECHO program. Students are not required to stop using alcohol or other drugs; rather, they are asked to share honestly in a confidential and non-judgmental environment so that they can learn more about the role that alcohol and other drugs play in their lives.
  2. Referral from Coordinator of Student Conduct – ECHO is offered as a program to students who have been found responsible for violating Montclair State University's alcohol and other drug policy. It is used to capitalize on the "teachable moments" that present themselves when students are in violation of Montclair State University's alcohol and other drug policy.

**To schedule an ECHO, please call CAPS at 973-655-5211**

Individual Counseling

Treatment for alcohol and other drug concerns takes a non-judgmental, brief motivational approach designed to increase a student's desire to make positive changes regarding his or her alcohol and/or drug use. This approach emphasizes a student's choice and motivation to change. Treatment often involves once-a-week meetings, which can be supplemented by weekly groups on campus or off campus.

Due to the short-term treatment model at CAPS, some students will be provided with off-campus referrals for more extensive support when that treatment is deemed most appropriate.

Recovery Room

The Recovery Room is an informal and confidential group for students to explore their alcohol and drug use, self-identity as recovering from alcohol and other drugs, or those seeking recovery resources, to network and support one another in a safe environment.  This group is only open to MSU students who are currently in recovery from alcohol or other drugs, actively seeking recovery resources or interested in exploring how alcohol and other drugs impact their lives.  **Please note people seeking to observe to fulfill academic requirements or for any other reason will NOT be permitted.  This group meets on Tuesdays from 3:00-4:30 pm during the fall and spring semesters in the Drop-In Center.


CAPS provides referrals for students who are in need of treatment services not provided by CAPS. Referrals for treatment would include (but are not limited to) long term therapy services, couples counseling, family therapy, detoxification services, intensive outpatient treatment, and alcohol and drug rehabilitation services. Please call CAPS at (973) 655-5211 if you need assistance with a referral off campus.

Detoxification Resources

Bergen Regional Medical Center (Paramus, NJ)-

Turning Point (Cedar Grove, NJ) -


Additional Alcohol and Other Drug Information

The information provided is for educational purposes only and it should not substitute consultation with a trained professional

Recommended Readings

  • The Addiction Workbook: A step-by-step guide to quitting alcohol and drugs by Patrick Fanning and John O'Niell
  • When AA Doesn't Work for You: Rational Steps to Quitting Alcohol by Albert Ellis and Emmett Velten
  • The Miracle Method: A Radically New Approach to Problem Drinking by Scott D. Miller and Insoo Kim Berg
  • Changing for Good by James O., Ph.D. Prochaska, John C. Norcross and Carlos C. Diclemente
  • Sober for Good by Anne M. Fletcher and Frederick B. Glaser
  • Happy Hours: Alcohol in a Woman's Life by Devon Jersild
  • Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism by James Robert Milam, Katherine Ketcham
  • Rational Recovery: The New Cure for Substance Addiction by Jack Trimpey
  • The Small Book: A Revolutionary Approach to Overcoming Drug and Alcohol Dependence (Rational Recovery Systems) by Jack Trimpey, Albert Ellis
  • Buzzed: The Straight Facts about the Most Used and Abused Drugs from
  • Alcohol to Ecstasy, by Cynthia Kuhn, Scott, Ph.D. Swartzwelder, Wilkie, Ph.D. Wilson, Leigh Heather Wilson, Jeremy Foster, Cynthia, Ph.D. Kuhn, Wilkie Wilson, Scott Swartzwelder
  • Over the Influence : The Harm Reduction Guide for Managing Drugs and Alcohol by Patt Denning, Jeannie Little, Adina Glickman
  • Responsible Drinking: A Moderation Management Approach for Problem Drinkers by Frederick Rotgers, Marc F. Kern, Rudy Hoeltzel
  • Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening