Alcohol & Other Drug Resources

Due to COVID 19 Restrictions, all alcohol and/or other drug related meetings, programs, and activities will be held virtually until further notice. Send questions and get more information.

On-Campus Resources


To schedule a free, confidential appointment to discuss substance use and/or recovery services available to WashU students, email

Washington University Recovery Group​

The WashU Recovery Group is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in recovery from alcohol and/or drug use. The group is a great opportunity for students to meet others and get support on campus in a private setting. Each semester, the group hosts regular meetings and social events. To learn more about meetings, events, or how you can get involved, you may contact them via email​.

BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening Intervention for College Students)​

BASICS is a two-session intervention program that provides alcohol education and harm reduction techniques through motivational interviewing. Students are referred to the Assistant Director, Alcohol and Other Drug Programming through emergency incident reports, the Office of Student Conduct, Residential Life, Mental Health Services, or the WashU Cares Team. The students referred to BASICS may have already experienced negative consequences related to their alcohol use. This intervention is provided to students for free and includes a brief assessment of their current drinking habits. The student does the assessment online using the Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO product and reviews it in person with the Assistant Director. Based on the outcomes of the two-session intervention, if the student shows signs of addiction or a more serious mental health concern, the Assistant Director will provide a referral to both campus and community resources. These typically include community AA meetings, campus/community Mental Health providers, and/or intensive outpatient treatment or inpatient treatment facilities.


The eCHECKUP TO GO programs are personalized, evidence-based online behavior interventions developed by counselors and psychologists at San Diego State University. The substance programs are designed to motivate individuals to reduce their consumption using personalized information about their own use and risk factors. The programs are continuously updated using the most current research.

Each individual program takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. The programs are self-guided and require no face-to-face time with a counselor or administrator, although the program is often used within the BASICS meetings. The program is tailored to Washington University in St. Louis students and can be accessed at any time. Click here to take the self-assessment.

Prescription Drug Safe-Disposal Box

The Washington University Prescription Drug Return box is located in WUPD. Staff, faculty, and students can safely dispose of unused and/or expired medications in a secured and monitored box attached to the wall.

Accepted Items:

  • Prescription Medications (including controlled substances)
  • All over-the-counter medications
  • Pet Medications
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Medicated ointments, lotions, creams and oils
  • Liquid medications in leak-proof containers
  • Homeopathic and herbal remedies
  • Suppositories

Items Not Accepted:

  • Illegal drugs
  • Needles/sharps
  • Syringes with needles
  • Thermometers
  • IV Bags and Tubing
  • Bloody and infectious waste
  • Personal care products
  • Empty containers
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Aerosol cans and containers

Online Resources

Missouri Department of Health

Statewide recovery support resources


Local organization dedicated to preventing the harms of alcohol and other drug use through education, intervention, and advocacy.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration

National directory for treatment referrals and information regarding substance use disorders and mental health issues


TED Talks


Email questions or requests for more information related to a particular resource.