Students, faculty, and staff with concerns about alcohol or other drug use are encouraged to contact one or more of the offices listed below for information, support, and/or referral.
***Please note that a number of these resources are listed on the back of your Brown student ID card.
Dean for Recovery and Substance-Free Student Initiatives
The Dean for Recovery and Substance-Free Student Initiatives provides comprehensive academic and social support in a non-clinical setting for Brown students, faculty, and staff in recovery or who identify as substance-free for a variety of reasons. The Dean is available for consultation for Brown community members who are concerned about their use of drugs and/or alcohol or who find barriers to academic and social success due to the substance use of others or their own substance-free status. All inquiries remain private.
Brown EMS is who to call for urgent or emergent crises pertaining to any medical need, including alcohol and drug overdoses. Brown EMS carries Narcan (naloxone), to help reverse the effects of opiate overdose.
Administrator on Call
If you are in an urgent situation after hours that is not a medical emergency, call and ask to speak to the Administrator-On-Call.
Health Services provides non-urgent medical care for all Brown Students. Click here for more detailed information and to schedule an appointment.
BWell Health Promotion
Brown's Office of Health Education BWell offers individual counseling and referrals, educational resources relating to drug and alcohol use, facilitates interactive workshops, and coordinates special events on a wide range of health topics, including the use of alcohol and other drugs. Click here to schedule an individual, confidential appointment or email, if you have additional questions.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a range of mental health services to the Brown community, including confidential individual counseling, medication management, skills workshops, referral services, mental health assessment, trainings and consultation for faculty and staff, crisis stabilization, after hours assessment and urgent care, outreach programming, and groups. Request an appointment here.
Student Support Services
The Student Support Services (SSS) staff is available to assist students with a wide-range of issues and concerns that might arise during their time at Brown. The Student Support Services Deans provide 24-hour crisis services for undergraduate, graduate, and medical students with personal or family emergencies, and are available by appointment to consult with individual students about their personal questions/concerns, thus allowing students to succeed and thrive in their academic pursuits. Click here to meet with an SSS Dean.
The Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life
The Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life is a confidential resource available to all Brown students, faculty, and staff. It could be an opportunity to connect with a spiritual or religious community that you are already a part of, or to have a conversation about a challenge you are undergoing with an impartial ear. The office also hosts a weekly bereavement group as well as many events and spaces related to spiritual life and community building.
Mindfulness Center at Brown
The Mindfulness Center at Brown offers programs and trainings based in evidence-based mindfulness techniques. Some have found mindfulness to be an important part of their recovery journey or in terms of coping with the stresses of Brown education.