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Alcohol Resources

Marijuana Resources

  • Drugs and Alcohol Policy
  • e-TOKE: The electronic THC Online Knowledge Experience 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.
  • University Medical Amnesty Policy

Family Resources

Talking To Your Student About Alcohol & Drug Use:

Having a conversation does make a difference! Although most students behave as if their families don’t understand anything, they actually hear (and value) what you say! Below are some tips to help you begin a conversation.

  • It is important to set clear and realistic expectations regarding your student’s academic performance. First-year students are particularly vulnerable to making poor decisions that compromise their academic performance. Acknowledge that some students choose to drink at college, but that does not make the behavior acceptable to you (or the University). Studies indicate that when students know expectations, they are more dedicated to their studies and act responsibly.
  • Discuss the dangers of drugs and excessive alcohol use. Engage them in a discussion about alcohol and drug use, alcohol poisoning, designated drivers and drinking games. Discuss the importance of responsible decision making (i.e. knowing how to stay safe and minimize risks). And remember, not all drinks are the same. For information visit the Rethinking Drinking Website for drink equivalencies and definitions of a standard drink.
  • It’s the law. Underage alcohol use/possession, driving under the influence and other drug use/possession is against law and is a violation of the University’s Code of Conduct. Remind your student that while some students choose to drink before they turn 21, underage drinking is illegal. Students who have or use alcohol or drugs are subject to university sanctions, as well as legal action from the local municipality.
  • Familiarize yourself with the alcohol culture at Montclair State University. Studies show that students overestimate the use of alcohol by their peers which results in higher drinking rates to keep up with the perceived norm. For current research information, check out the Social Norms website.
  • Where Can Your Student Go For Help?

Recovery Resources


  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers individual and group counseling for people in recovery from a Substance Use Disorder. Counseling often involves once-a-week meetings to explore issues related to the development of difficulties in coping as well as learning healthy strategies to manage emotions and mood. 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. Learn more about counseling.

Recovery Coaching

  • Recovery Coaching provides a mentorship to learn how to create a new way of interacting with peers, family and community. Coaching is designed to provide hands-on support in learning skills necessary to live a healthy and meaningful life in recovery. If you are interested in receiving Recovery Coaching, contact CAPS or go to a Let’s Talk session for more information.

Recovery Resource Area

  • We provide a Recovery Resource Area located in the lobby of CAPS. Information about groups and support services are provided in this area as well as a recovery resource library which provides books on mutual aid organizations/fellowships, Alcohol Use Disorder, Substance Use Disorder, and other addictive behaviors such as gambling addiction, sex addiction, gaming addiction, and others. The resource library also provides books on healing, self-help, and creating change in recovery.

Red Hawk Recovery Program

Substance Abuse Disorder Resources