Substance Use & Recovery Visits (BASICS and Nicotine Cessation)

Last reviewed: 4/25/2024

Columbia Health offers Substance Use & Recovery services for students who are navigating their relationship with substances; are in long-term recovery; are impacted by a family or friend’s substance use; or are seeking support with other related conversations.  These services are available to all registered undergraduate, graduate, and professional students on the Morningside and Manhattanville campuses. This includes Teachers College, Union Theological Seminary, and Jewish Theological Seminary.  

Students have access to two types of substance use & recovery visits and options for self-assessment.


Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students, or BASICS, is a program designed to assist students in examining their drinking and other substance-use behavior. 

Nicotine Cessation

Nicotine Cessation Visits offer support and accountability for students seeking to quit their tobacco and nicotine usage. 


Columbia Health offers self-assessments for alcohol use, cannabis use, and nicotine cessation.

You can use these assessments to help you better understand your relationships with these substances. Additionally, you may use these assessments to indicate your interest in scheduling a visit. 

These assessments are anonymous unless you indicate that you’d like to be contacted by a provider. These screenings aren’t a substitute for a complete substance use evaluation. 

If you have any questions about BASICS or Nicotine Cessation Visits, email [email protected].