Counseling & Other Resources

There are many resources available if you're struggling with substance abuse or addiction – both your own or that of a friend or loved one. If you have any questions about the services below, contact us.


CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) provides counseling, workshops and outreach programs to individuals and groups at Northwestern. The CAPS staff consists of highly qualified and experienced mental health professionals who help students work through emotional difficulties, adjustments and crises.

CAPS can help with any concerns you may have about your own alcohol and other drug use, or that of a friend or family member.

To schedule an appointment with a CAPS staff member on either the Chicago or Evanston campus, call: (847)491-2151 Mon–Fri, 8:30am - 5:00pm.

Other Campus Resources

Health Promotion & Wellness (847) 491-2146, 633 Emerson St.
Helps students make healthy and informed decisions about alcohol and other drugs, including Brief Alcohol/drug Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS).

Women's Center (847) 491-7360, 2000 Sheridan Rd.
Conducts outreach, educational programming, coalition building, advocacy, counseling and resource referral on a variety of topics.

University Chaplain (847) 491-7256, Parks Hall, Rm.139
Offers free and confidential pastoral counseling and guidance for a variety of issues.

Courage to Quit at NUHS Health Promotion & Wellness (847) 491-2146
Tobacco cessation program developed by the Respiratory Health Association of Chicago.

Tobacco Cessation Aids (847) 491-8100
NUHS General Medicine clinic may prescribe cessation aids to qualifying students. Over the counter aids can be ordered through the NUHS pharmacy.

Self-help Groups

Self-help groups allow people with a common problem or situation to come together for mutual understanding and support and to share information and ideas for coping. In general, self-help groups are free, voluntary, anonymous, informal and facilitated by a lay person.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

A weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is held on the NU Evanston campus on Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:30pm in Seabury Hall 260, 2122 Sheridan Road.  This is an Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book and 12 Steps & 12 Traditions Group.  The building can be access from it's front doors facing Haven Street or it's rear doors facing the parking lot and Garrett Place. 

Other AA Meetings in the Evanston and Chicago Area can be found on the Chicago Area Service Office website.  A 24 hour answering service can be accessed by calling 312.346.1475 (or toll-free in Illinois only 800.371.1475).

Marijuana Anonymous (MA)

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)

Al-Anon (for friends and family of alcoholics)

Other Community Resources

Chapman Center at Evanston Hospital (847) 570-4633 for questions; (847)570-2500 to schedule an appointment
Provides assessment and outpatient treatment for adults struggling with alcohol and other drug abuse and addiction.

PEER Services, Inc. (847) 492-1778
Offers alcohol and other drug prevention, assessment and treatment services for teens and young adults.

Go Ask Alice!
Real questions about alcohol and other drugs answered honestly and informatively.

Illinois Tobacco Quit Line (847) 784-8937
Free phone service staffed by nurses, respiratory therapists and addiction counselors of the American Lung Association who are trained to help people quit tobacco.

National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Alcohol and Other Drug Referral Helpline (800) 234-0286