Addiction and Recovery

Brown University is committed to the maintenance of a campus environment that supports all students in achieving their academic goals. To that end, the University dedicates resources to support students in recovery from addiction and substance use disorders and to assist all students who are negatively affected by their own or others' substance use.

The Dean of the College office and the division of Campus Life provide over-lapping services to students with substance use disorders, to develop campus policies regarding alcohol and other drugs, and to educate all members of the campus community about alcohol and drugs and their effects. For more information about available services, please contact Dean for Recovery and Substance-Free Student Initiatives, Shannon O'Neill in the Office of the Dean of the College. Brown also has a student club called SoBear: Being Sober - Having Fun. You can find out more about their events on their facebook page here. The SoBear Activities Club gives students the opportunity to participate in fun social activities without the presence of alcohol or drugs or others who are under the influence of these substances.

The Early Sobriety Group (ESOB) is a weekly, one-hour meeting for Brown students who have made a commitment to maintain sobriety, due to a history of substance use disorder. The group provides a safe environment for discussion of matters related to recovery in general and to life as a college student at Brown in particular. The ultimate objective of the group is to help students develop the social support necessary for sustained recovery from substance use disorder so that they may continue their studies at and ultimately graduate from college. 

There is no requirement that members be affiliated with any other recovery, 12th step, or support group. There is a requirement that the student be committed to abstaining from substance use. A student wishing to join the Early Sobriety Group meets with Dean Shannon O’Neill ([email protected]), who determines whether or not the student meets the criteria for group membership.