Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Program

Three Tiers of Service Provision

CAPS provides alcohol and other drug (AOD) services to actively enrolled Purdue University students. These services may provide support for students as they seek help for a substance abuse problem, or satisfy university and/or legal sanctions.

Tier One

Services for students seeking help for substance abuse

Individual therapy, group therapy, and consultations are offered. Through these services, students will have the opportunity to address concerns about their substance use. Therapy services are not a substitute for any court ordered or university sanctioned programs and therapists will not write letters for court-related issues.

Students interested in AOD related therapy or consultation can start this process through an initial assessment appointment.

Tier Two

Referrals for addiction treatment

The focus of CAPS is to provide services through a time-limited outpatient therapy model. When addiction treatment or detoxification services are needed, which go beyond what can be effectively and safely offered through CAPS, we will facilitate referrals to an appropriate program in Lafayette or Indianapolis.

Tier Three

Discontinued as of March 16, 2020. Students are advised to contact their referral source for guidance. Please check back for other AOD services that CAPS will be offering.

Services for university disciplinary and/or legal sanctions

CAPS provides AOD evaluations for students mandated to attend such an evaluation as part of a disciplinary sanction from the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities or as part of legal sanctions from the courts. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the CAPS AOD program meets sanction requirements. As part of the AOD evaluation, CAPS clinicians will provide recommendations for follow-up interventions, for example a referral for Prime for Life classes in the community. CAPS does not provide Tier 3 services preemptive of a legal or university decision.

AOD Evaluations last 60-90 minutes and are conducted by CAPS clinicians who have specialized training in college students' substance use. The fee for these evaluations is $130.00. As part of the AOD evaluation, CAPS clinicians will

  • Help you understand your pattern of alcohol and other drug use within the context of your life as a college student and your overall well-being.
  • Give you personally tailored feedback that will help you make informed decisions about your use of substances.
  • Provide you with recommendations for the most appropriate treatment for your unique needs.

To schedule an appointment you must bring a printed copy of your referral documents (from court or the University) and:


Student Health Center (PUSH) - 2nd Floor
Room 228
8 am - 4 pm
Monday - Friday

For more information, call 765-494-6995. For further questions about the services offered by the Alcohol and Other Drug Program, please contact Margot Schuerman, PsyD, HSPP, AOD Coordinator & Staff Therapist.