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Substance Abuse

Fairfield University offers a variety of resources to address substance abuse issues. Orientation for first-year students includes presentations about substance abuse, healthy choices and campus resources. Prior to coming to campus, first-year students are required to complete AlcoholEdu, an online alcohol education program.

Fairfield University provides educational classes, clinical assessments and treatment modalities including motivational interviewing, harm reduction and 12-step approach.

The University hosts AA and ACOA (adult children of alcoholics) meetings on campus and offers individual and group counseling as well as psychiatric treatment. Students can also request to receive bystander training under our Stagsmart program.

For students in recovery, the University provides a Recovery Lounge to socialize and study. The lounge is a private area with flat screen TV, library offerings, coffee and snacks for students. The University has two Recovery Houses, both unmarked and close to campus. This is the latest initiative in Fairfield University's efforts to support students in recovery.

The Recovery House, an unmarked house close to campus, is the latest initiative in Fairfield University’s efforts support students in recovery.

Recovery Houses

Students must apply to live in the Recovery Houses and agree to abide by the standards of that community. Our recovery program includes support groups, meetings, dinners, and organized activities such as attendance at sporting and campus events and other fun outings. Housing is not a requirement to participate in the Recovery Program, but students may find it to be extremely valuable in supporting their recovery.

The Wellness Group: Alcohol and Drug Harm Reduction
This group is an opportunity to explore the impact alcohol and drugs are having in a student's life. The program is offered in two or four hour sessions.

The Recovery Group
The Recovery Group is based on an abstinence model for those who have decided to live a clean, sober life. Students support each other in recovery.

The Bridge Group
The Bridge Group is for those who have decided that alcohol and drug use has interfered with their health and well-being. Students help each other make healthier choices.

For more information about the Wellness Group, the Recovery Group, or the Bridge Group contact Lisa Arnold, LADC, Substance Abuse Counselor at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2146 or

CHOICES is a brief alcohol abuse prevention and harm reduction program for college students. For more information about Choices class, contact Counseling & Psychological Services at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2146.

Marijuana Education
Marijuana Education is a brief drug abuse prevention program for college students. For more information about Marijuana Education class, contact Counseling & Psychological Services at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2146.

Assessment of Substance Use
Because excessive alcohol and/or drug use by college students can become somewhat "normalized," it is often difficult for students to determine if their own substance use is problematic. If you think you may have a problem with alcohol and/or drugs, feel free to complete this self-screening questionnaire. If you would like to schedule a confidential assessment, please call Lisa Arnold, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2146.

Dean of Students Referrals
Students who have been referred by the Dean of Students will receive a Substance Use Education or Assessment form which indicates their requirement for the Dean of Students Office. Options include: Substance Abuse Assessment, Choices, The Wellness Group or The Recovery Group.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Groups on Campus
AA meetings are held on campus each week at various locations:

  • Wednesday: 12 p.m. - PepsiCo Theatre
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. - Canisius Hall, Ground Floor

For additional information go to

NA meetings Narcotics Anonymous

Al-Anon and ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Both of these organizations provide information and support resources for those individuals affected by someone else's drinking:


ACOA Adult Child of Alcoholic Group on campus. Contact Counseling & Psychological Services at  (203) 254-4000, ext. 2146 for more information.

Intensive Substance Abuse Treatment
Call Lisa Arnold at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2146 for treatment referrals.

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