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Alcohol & Other Drugs

Looking for some educational outreach to your class, club, or organization?  Are you considering exploring or changing your alcohol or other drug use?  Concerned about a friend’s use?  Are you in recovery, and wondering what support is available? 

We would love to meet you and help you find what works for you!  UVA and the greater Charlottesville area provides several opportunities to help guide students in the decisions they make around alcohol and other drug use.

UVA Resources

*Hoos Sober List Serv A weekly, confidential e-mail to subscribers that details Charlottesville activities that are not alcohol-based and that are open to the public.  To subscribe, send us an e-mail at with the subject "subscribe hoos-sober".

*Peer Health Educators (PHEs) and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) – These student groups promote awareness, provide educational outreach, and serve as accessible resources for fellow UVA students. 

*Hoos in Recovery – HiR is a supportive, confidential community of UVA students, faculty, staff, and alumni in recovery or considering recovery from alcohol or other drug use disorders.  Weekly meetings and frequent social events provide a fellowship of people who “get it,” and there is no fee to participate.

*The BASICS Program – BASICS is available to any UVA student who wants to assess personal risk regarding substance use, explore potential changes, and help reduce the risk for future problems associated with alcohol or other drugs.  BASICS consists of an online survey and a one-on-one conversation with a trained facilitator to receive personalized feedback.  BASICS is confidential and free of charge.

*Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) CAPS is UVA’s primary student counseling clinic, and can meet to discuss your concerns or share online or on- or off-Grounds resources.  In some cases, CAPS can provide direct one-on-one counseling and medical/psychiatric evaluation services.  CAPS also offers a number of support groups.

*Substance Use Disorders Treatment and Consultation Team – This clinical team provides care and support for UVA students navigating assessment and treatment for substance use disorders and recovery maintenance, including co-occurring issues.  Students, friends, family, faculty, staff, and other providers can consult with the Team. 

Charlottesville Outpatient Resources

*Looking for a local counselor?  A Charlottesville community provider database can search mental health providers by a variety of filters including substance use specialty, insurance, and services offered. 

*Orchard Mountain Recovery – Orchard Mountain Recovery’s Intensive Outpatient program meets during the evening so that you can take care of school, work, or other responsibilities while you recover.  They accept most insurances, and meet three times per week for three hours as a group. 

*Empowering Families Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program – This program consists of 16 weeks of outpatient meetings (typically 9 hours per week of individual and group counseling as well as educational meetings).  They accept a variety of insurances.    

Charlottesville Sober Housing

Oxford Houses

Georgia’s Healing House

Online Self-Assessment Tools

Rethinking Drinking

Additional Online Resources


Talking with a Friend with an Alcohol or Other Drug Use Problem

Safer Drinking Guidelines

The Gordie Center

The Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator 

Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders: Finding and Getting Help

Alcoholics Anonymous


Other Drugs:

Talking with a Friend with an Alcohol or Other Drug Use Problem

The Gordie Center

The Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator 

Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction

Seeking Drug Use Disorder Treatment: Knowing What To Ask

Narcotics Anonymous