Recovery at Tufts

Tufts recognizes the unique challenges students face when they navigate college in recovery.  We are committed to helping you through a network of support and resources on campus and out in the community based on how you wish to be supported.

However you define your own recovery, we are here to listen and support you. Some options for support include:

Resources at Tufts

  • If you are new to recovery or actively navigating recovery in college, we welcome you to reach out to Laura Michelson, Alcohol and Drug Specialist in Health Service. 
  • Counseling and Mental Health Services (confidential resource) are a diverse team of clinicians deeply committed to college mental health. We offer a range of free and confidential services to all undergraduates and to graduate students who have paid the Health and Wellness fee.
  • Health Service is your primary health care site and offers walk-in hours and appointments, depending on your health care needs and busy schedule. Office visits are covered through the Health and Wellness fee, and we have a lab on-site as well as a pharmacy that delivers daily.
  • Substance Free Housing is offered for first year and continuing students at Tufts. To learn more about Wilson House and Simpson House, reach out to
  • Dean of Students Office (AS&E) and Fletcher's Office of Student Affairs are central resources and can help you out when you’re not sure where to start. We support an inclusive and safe community for all students and promote leadership development in partnership with many other campus offices.
  • University Chaplaincy (confidential resource) is a dynamic hub supporting religious, spiritual, ethical, and cultural life for all members of the Tufts community. Tufts has approximately 18 undergraduate religious and philosophical communities, many of which take a principled perspective on the use of alcohol and other drugs and seek to provide healthy alternatives for making friends and being social. These groups are also places to nurture your spirituality, which is an important aspect of recovery for many people. In addition, our staff chaplains and residents provide pastoral care, which is a form of confidential counseling that can provide connections to relevant recovery resources, both religious and nonreligious.

Other Campus Resources

Finding Other Students in Recovery

  • Community is important. Meet other college students outside of Tufts who are in recovery. Email to be connected to another student in the Boston area.
  • Periodically, a Tufts peer recovery group meets on campus. To learn more about upcoming meetings, email Laura.

This Recovery Support Resources Document was created and is actively maintained by students in recovery at Tufts. This document includes how to get to local recovery meetings, a list of recovery books, podcasts, and apps, as well as things to do to stay substance-free in the Boston area. 

Off-Campus Resources

The greater Boston area has a wide array of offerings for students in recovery. Home to numerous colleges and universities, Boston is a young and vibrant city. If you are new to the area, contact us for help connecting with local resources.

For a list of virtual recovery meetings, visit here.

Family Resources