Alcohol and Drug Use Information

Information on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Education at William Paterson University

The Counseling, Health, and Wellness Center at William Paterson University is committed to fostering an environment that encourages personal and intellectual growth. As we aim to address excessive and high risk substance use, our prevention approach strives to create an environment that fosters academic success, increases student retention, and promotes the safety and well-being of all members of the William Paterson community. The programs offered through the Counseling, Health, and Wellness Center, in conjunction with other entities on campus, are confidential and provided free of charge for students. We strive to provide holistic care for students struggling with addiction, questioning decision-making about alcohol and/or drug use, or with family members or friends with addiction issues.   

Counseling and Referrals

  • The Counseling, Health, and Wellness Center provides short-term treatment to students with substance use concerns and offers referrals to outside community resources for long-term care or in-patient treatment, when needed.      

  • Center staff provides consultation to students, faculty, staff, and administration about substance abuse issues and referral and treatment options. 

  • Staff provides assessment of alcohol and other drug use by means of clinical interviews and assessment measures.  Following assessment of student’s concerns, students may begin treatment at the Counseling, Health, and Wellness Center if concerns are within the level of care provided by the center or have staff provide them with appropriate referrals for specialized services. 

Judicially Sanctioned Education and Treatment

  • William Paterson University, concerned with student’s safety, academic success and overall well-being, has developed an Alcohol Education Workshop.  This workshop provides students who receive sanctions for minor violations of the university alcohol policy with knowledge and education about alcohol abuse, consequences of drinking and driving, signs of alcohol poisoning, and responsible drinking tips. Counseling, Health, and Wellness psychology interns facilitate these standardized workshop sessions.  A pre-test is given to students as they receive their sanctions and a post-test is given upon completion of the workshop.  Students must pass the post-test with an 80% or higher or be required to attend the next scheduled workshop and be re-tested. 

  • Student with more severe violations of the university alcohol and/or drug policy, including transports to the hospital due to alcohol intoxication or being caught with drug paraphernalia, are sanctioned to undergo an Alcohol and Drug Assessment with Dr. Jasmine Clare, the Coordinator of Alcohol and Drug Services.  This assessment consists of a minimum of 3 sessions; a clinical interview, assessment session, and a feedback session.  Depending upon results of the assessment, students may be required or encouraged to continue in treatment or be referred for additional treatment within the community. 

Support Groups & Resources

Resident Recovery

  • Katie Rizman, M.S.W.  973.720.2382


On- Campus Weekly Recovery Reflection Meeting:

Who:     Students in recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction.

Students who want to do something about their drinking and/or drug problem.

What:   A place to meet with your peers and share and reflect openly and honestly about your experience, strength, and hope surrounding drugs and alcohol.

When:  Every Thursday / 12:30-1:30pm

Where: University Commons Room 209

Questions: E-mail Katie Rizman at


Alcoholics Anonymous North NJ Meetings

Narcotics Anonymous NJ Meetings