Student Life

Student Outreach & Support: WADE (Wellness, Alcohol & Drug Education)

Resources for Students in Recovery

Resources for Students in Recovery

Congratulations on making an effort to be in recovery.  Addiction is a tough disease to conquer but you are on the right track!  Here at SJU, we have numerous services and resources to help you on this journey.

You are not alone in the recovery community at SJU.  There are many other students like you who would love to meet you.  To find others in this community, please reach out to our staff.  We can connect you with other students in recovery who have volunteered their names and contact information to support fellow students. We also know faculty and staff at SJU as well as young alumni in the area who are willing to mentor/sponsor or simply talk to students in this community.  So reach out and let us know who you are and what we can do to support you.

ON CAMPUS Meetings:

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

Every Wednesday at 7:30pm in Sunroom 2 in Campion Student Center (O)

Open to those in recovery or those trying to be sober and their supportive allies.                                   

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Every Friday at 8pm in Sunroom 2 in Campion Student Center (C)

Open only to those in recovery or those with a desire to stop drinking.

OFF CAMPUS Local Meetings:

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

  • Every Thursday at 8:30pm and Saturday at 7am and 10:30am in Villanova University’s Campus Health Center, Room 200.        
  • Every Monday at 6:30pm at St. Mary's Hamilton Village on the University of Pennsylvania campus; 3916 Locust Walk (entrance is through glass doors in back)
  • Every Wednesday at 8pm at University Lutheran Church on the University of Pennsylvania campus; 3637 Chestnut street

         To find additional meetings nearby, visit:

LGBT Friendly Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

  • Every Monday at 7:30pm at Trinity Episcopal Church; 2212 Spruce Street (oldest gay meeting in Delaware Valley)
         To find additional meetings nearby, visit:

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)

  • Every Tuesday at 6:30pm and Sunday at 10am at New Leaf Club in Rosemont.                      

         To find additional meetings nearby, visit:

Young People's Meeting for Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

  • Every Monday & Wednesday at 8pm at the Reedemer, 230 Pennswood Rd, Bryn Mawr, Pa.

         To find more information about Young People in Recovery, Philadelphia Chapter, visit:

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

  • Every Sunday at 4pm at the New Leaf Club in Rosemont; 1225 Montrose Ave

         To find additional meetings nearby, visit:

Gambler's Anonymous (GA)

  • Every Monday at 6pm at Gaudenzia Outreach II in Philadelphia; 39 E School Lane                                                    

         To find additional meetings nearby, visit:

Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous (ABA)

  • Every Saturday at 5pm at the New Leaf Club in Rosemont; 1225 Montrose Ave                                     

         To find additional meetings nearby, visit:

Local Clubhouses:

  • 562 clubhouse: 562 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, Pa 19041
  • 4021 Clubhouse; 4021 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19104
  • 307 Clubhouse, 822 East Washington Street, West Chester, Pa 19380

You can also find meetings on your phone!  Download the Steps Away app or iPromises app (or find another you like) directly to your Iphone, Droid or IPad.  These applications can help you find and add meetings to your calendar, share recovery reading materials, reflect/journal and join groups.

Off Campus Recovery Centers:

The New Leaf Club is a non-profit education and entertainment youth center in Rosemont which is one train stop away or about a 10 minute drive.  Their goal is to create a safe haven in which individuals, with an emphasis on young people, are able to develop and sustain their whole, healthy selves with the support of the larger community.  They offer a space for college students with free wifi, a coffee bar and a space for meetings, open mic events and fitness classes including daily yoga offerings. 

Philadelphia Recovery Community Center offers a unique blend of services including support groups, recovery coaching, volunteer opportunities and social events that are all geared towards strengthening recovery. The center’s staff, which includes many peer leaders, draws from their own personal experience to assist others in achieving wellness and recovery. 

The Flock:

Hawks fly together to utilize each other for support during a long journey.  Flying together in a upward spiral allows each Hawk to conserve energy, soar higher and keep up the endurance needed to make the long flight.  This is what the SJU Flock does as well.  It is a group of students who support one another in the lifelong journey of recovery. 

The Flock meets every Friday at 5pm in Sunroom 1 during the academic year. The last meeting of 2015-2016 will be on Friday, April 22, 2016.

If you are impacted by addiction in any way, please join the Flock to help support the recovery efforts on campus.  You can sign up for the The Flock E-newsletter which will come with information on recovery events on and off campus, highlight meetings in the area, share bios and interviews with people in long term recovery and include inspirational recovery readings for reflection.

Substance Free Events:

Sign up for the #Weekender to get an email every Thursday regarding fun and free events happening on campus and in the Philadelphia area.  We will also use the hashtag #Weekender to post things to do in the area on social media.

For more information regarding on campus events, visit the Student Union Board’s calendar or join the SUB yourself to help bring your favorite events to campus! 

Career Development Center - Need help with resume writing or interviewing skills?

It is a very personal choice to include recovery information in your resume or disclose that you are sober in your interview.  The Career Development Center at SJU is here to assist you with all your career-related needs and can help you work through these tough questions.  They offer many services aimed at meeting a student's unique needs including major and career exploration, resume critiques, mock interviews and resources for an internship or full time job search.  You can make individual appointments or visit a drop-in center, take career assessments or attend one of the many career-related events they sponsor.  Check out their web site at for more detailed information about all of our services, programs and events.   

Center for International Programs - Want to Study Abroad?

Being in recovery won't hold you back from exploring the world and taking advantage of opportunities to study abroad.  Check out the resources from the Center for International Programs about Recovery Abroad.

Assessments and Referrals - Unsure if you have a problem?

Know the difference between abuse and addiction?  Find out! 

Unsure if you have a problem with alcohol or drugs?  Schedule a brief assessment with a WADE staff member.  Call 610-660-3462 or stop by Campion 212.  

The following links are free, brief, online assessment tools on alcohol and marijuana.  Both will take under 10 minutes to complete and provide personalized feedback regarding your responses.  If you would like to discuss your assessment in detail, please schedule an appointment with a WADE staff member.  Call 610-660-3462 or stop by Campion 212.    

Marijuana Assessment:Etoke 

Alcohol Assessment:Echug 


Check out our events and Annual Awareness Weeks that take place throughout the year including Wellness Week in September, Alcohol Awareness Week in October, Drug Awareness Week in November, iCARE Week in February and Recovery Awareness Week in April.

If you'd like to get involved in the planning or want more information, please email Katie at

News and Highlights:

SJU receives $10,000 Grant to Support Recovering Students  - click here to read the press release

UNITE to Face Addiction Rally in Washington DC on October 4, 2015 - click here to read more about this upcoming event