Alcohol and Other Drug Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve been asked to attend an assessment, now what?

If you went to the hospital or faced other consequences, in connection with alcohol or drug use, you have our sympathy. Nobody likes to experience those things. Unexpected interactions with law enforcement or other consequences related to alcohol or drug use can be uncomfortable and scary in different ways and we want you to know that there are people here you can talk with - confidentially - if you want to.

It is a remarkable thing about being human that sometimes just talking about something that’s stressful, with another person who listens without judging, can make us feel better, even if the facts of our experience have not been altered. Our hope is that speaking with us can serve that purpose for you - and to make time to discuss ways to avoid having a similar experience in future.

You are welcome to schedule an appointment with one of our trained therapists in Substance Use Intervention and Treatment. If you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with one of us, please call (301) 314-8106 during typical business hours, and our administrative staff will set you up with the next possible appointment.

What are the Substance Use Intervention and Treatment programs?

Where are the Substance Use Intervention and Treatment programs located?

What should I expect when I come to my first visit?

How confidential is my visit?

What if I want someone to know about my visit?

How many visits will I have to attend?

Will I have to pay a fee?

What if I miss my scheduled visit?

I don’t want to come. Do I have to?

What are the Substance Use Intervention and Treatment programs?

The Substance Use Intervention and Treatment (SUIT) programs serve the University of Maryland at College Park community by providing a variety of supportive services focused on substance use. Our purpose is to promote the healthy development of students, enabling them to reach their full potential. We aim to encourage students to explore their options and ultimately make choices that are positive for them as individuals.

Where are the Substance Use Intervention and Treatment programs located?

We are located on the second floor of the University Health Center, which is directly across the street from the Stamp Student Union. To check in for your appointment, go to the Mental Health and Substance Use Intervention and Treatment desk on the second floor. This area is also called PC3.

What should I expect when I come to my first visit?

SUIT staff are invested in who you are and how you are. Our sessions focus on you and your needs related to alcohol or drug use, as well as any stressors you may have. SUIT services are non-judgmental, non-labeling and confidential. The goal of SUIT is to provide a safe and open environment for students to reflect on their use of substances and to reduce high-risk behaviors and harmful consequences related to substance misuse.

Most initial sessions last about 60 minutes. Please come to the Health Center fifteen minutes before your first session to fill out some paperwork.

How confidential is my visit?

The content of our conversations will be kept confidential, in accordance with state and federal law. If a campus organization refers you, this is still the case - although we will let them know if you came for an appointment, and when you completed our recommendations. There are very few and rare exceptions to confidentiality, in cases of severe suicidality, homicidality, history of or current child or elder abuse, and a court order to release medical records to a judge. We are always happy to discuss any concerns you have about confidentiality.

What if I want someone to know about my visit?

Sometimes, students wish for us to coordinate with another provider of care, a parent or guardian, or other person involved in your care and wellbeing. If you would like us to communicate with them, we can do so, provided you fill out a release of information form (link here).

How many visits will I have to attend?

Most students who come to see us have a small number of visits - between two and six. However, your needs may be different, and some students meet with us for different numbers of visits.

Will I have to pay a fee?

You will likely have to pay a fee, that typically does not exceed $110. We do not want a fee to be a barrier to getting needed care - if you have active concerns about your use, please speak with us and we will discuss your options.

What if I miss my scheduled visit?

Missed visits that are not canceled within 24 hours will be charged a $25 missed appointment fee. If you know you will not be able to attend your appointment, please call us to reschedule any appointments at least 24 hours in advance.

I don’t want to come. Do I have to?

SUIT staff cannot require you to come to meet with us. However, you don’t need to wait for any campus office or authority to give you permission or require you to meet with us. We recommend that any student with concerns about the impact of their alcohol or drug use on their life take advantage of our services.

If you have been transported to the hospital or had some other incident related to the use of alcohol or other drugs, it is likely that one of the campus organizations, such as Resident Life, Rights and Responsibilities, or Office of Student Conduct will refer you to speak with us at some point in order to complete a program.