Support for Students

student talking to a friend

Finding the right service for you can sometime be confusing. This site is here to help you navigate the numerous support services around substance use available to you. If you would like to speak with someone directly for help in navigating your next step, contact Health Promotion and Wellness staff at hpaw@northwestern.edu

Individual Services

If you are seeking help in navigating your substance use, there are a number of services you can choose from.

Alcohol and Other Drugs 

BASICS, or Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students, is designed for college students who drink/use drugs and are at risk for or have experienced negative consequences as a result of their use (e.g., injuries, blackouts, fights, physical or sexual assault, poor academic performance, legal problems). The goal of BASICS is to reduce negative consequences of substance use by helping students make better substance use decisions.

eCheckUp To Go for Alcohol or Marijuana is an interactive web survey that allows students to enter information about their drinking or drug use patterns and receive personalized feedback about their use. The assessments take about 15 minutes to complete and require no face-to-face time with a counselor or healthcare professional.

Prescription Medications 

Online Course
Click to access the online prescription drug abuse prevention course.

Health Service Pharmacy
The Pharmacy located inside of Health Service Evanston can assist you by answering questions about your medication, proper use, and proper disposal of unused medication.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
CAPS is your primary resource for mental health services. If you believe you or a friend would benefit from meeting with a staff member in CAPS, contact them today.

CAPS does not provide ADHD evaluations, or ADHD testing, but will assist students in identifying community resources. You can read more about the ADHD & stimulant medication policy here.

Counseling and Support Services

Numerous support services are available to students on-campus, off-campus, or online. Counseling services through CAPS, guidance through Religious and Spiritual Life, self-help groups, and online resources are among your options. For detailed information on all available services, click here.

Help a Friend

Are you concerned about a friend and their substance use? Don't ignore it. Click here or the link on the side to learn more information on warning signs to look for and ways you can help your friend. If you need help, reach out to staff who can help you navigate campus resources as well.

Share a Concern For a Student

NUhelp offers numerous resources when seeking help. If you have a concern about the wellbeing or behavior of a Northwestern student or if you have experienced a concern for which a Northwestern student is responsible please let us know.