Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Resources

Student ATOD Services

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new. - Socrates

Substance Assessment Feedback & Education

The growth and safety of students begins with education and awareness. Our goal is to help students increase their level of education regarding their use, incorporate harm-reduction techniques, and to aid students in making informed decisions pertaining to their use of drugs, alcohol, or other substances. Assessment, intervention, education, and treatment are available for those students who have concerns regarding alcohol and drug use, or are seeking to maintain recovery.

Within this model we provide substance use assessments and treatment to students as either self-referrals, or referred by university administrators due to conduct/policy sanctions. An administration-based referral is intended to provide intervention for the safety of both students and the campus community.

A Substance Assessment Feedback & Education, also known a SAFE Evaluation, offers a clinical interview and use of psychometric assessments to provide personalized feedback. Some sessions may consist of urinalysis drug testing, pending clinical need. All students are provided with personalized recommendations and treatment planning, or if clinically appropriate, an offer of weekly individual psychotherapy by the Counseling, Health & Wellness Center (CHWC) or a referral for a higher level of care.

Privacy & Confidentiality

The CHWC maintains the strictest levels of confidentiality and ethical standards as it pertains to protecting student’s health information. Students referred from an administrative or student conduct representative at William Paterson University will be asked to sign consent forms for the release and communication of information to provide to the referral source both recommendation and verification of attendance. Similarly, students who are referred to higher levels of care outside of WPU are encouraged to sign consents for the release of information so that the University can provide coordination of care upon their return.

If you wish to have a SAFE Evaluation, or have any question concerning it, please call 973-720-2257 or contact Elizabeth Battiston, AOD Coordinator/Counselor at

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Alcohol101+ is designed to be a unique, interactive program to increase students’ understanding and awareness of alcohol, help them to better understand their personal drinking choices, how these choices impact others, and how to make changes, if they desire. We know that students are often faced with choices to drink alcohol and we aim to empower them to make responsible and safe decisions. Alcohol101+ is a requirement of all first-year students and transfer students with less than 12 credits.

How to Complete the Course

  • You will receive an email to your WPU email address providing you access to the course
  • The course can be completed from any wi-fi enabled device (computer, phone, tablet) 
  • Provide yourself approximately ONE hour to complete 
    • That's it! You're now prepared with the knowledge and tools to make the best choices for you. 

    Deadline for Completion


    • September 24


    • February 22

    For all technical/content issues, including being unable to access your account, password reset, being unable to see learning courses, or questions related to the material/content, please email:

    IMPORTANT! These courses are required and completion is tracked in the Will. Power. 101 course. Successful completion of Will. Power. 101 is a requirement for graduation from William Paterson University.

    Are you ready for a new, smoke-free you?

    The CHWC can provide a wide range of services to help you find the most clinically appropriate resources to meet your unique needs. We aim to assess your personal triggers, motivations, and medical considerations to meet you exactly where you are in your recovery journey.


    On-Campus Resources

    • Smoke-Free WPU

     For the most up to date information on our efforts to be a smoke-free campus, please visit Smoke Free WPU.

    • SAFE Evaluation & Screening

    The CHWC offers free, personalized, and confidential smoking screenings and comprehensive SAFE (Substance Assessment Feedback and Education) evaluation to guide you in identifying treatment options, resources, and interventions. Individual counseling services are available to those students interested in therapeutic support.

    Use the QR code or link here to get started with a referral for Smoking Cessation Services.

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    Off-Campus Specialists & Virtual Resources

    • Hackensack Meridian Health

    Hackensack Meridian Health is a WPU partner in smoking cessation. Ask us for help in a seamless connection to a quit specialist at their Quit Center.

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    • DecideText This is an NIH-funded study based at the Hackensack Meridian Health Center. The study is comparing two different methods to help Latino smokers quit smoking. Participants in the study will also receive free NRT. The study has been approved by WPUNJ IRB. Tel: 551.996.4242.

    • NJ Quit Line is a free telephone-counseling service for smokers who are ready to stop and can be reached by calling 866.NJ.STOPS 

    • Become an Ex is part of Truth Initiative® is as a free digital resource to help tobacco users quit, including an active social community, text and email messaging support, expert guidance and interactive quitting tools. 

    • Visit the Virtual Resources tab for more self-guided tips

    Self-Help Meetings

    Community-based self-help and 12-Step meetings can be a powerful component to healing and recovery. The links below provide information to nationally recognized self-help recovery and meetings, offering support both in-person and virtually.

    The More You Know...

    ...About Substances

    You owe it to yourself to make informed decisions about what you consume and add to your body.

    Have questions? Come see us - no question is off limits.

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