George Mason University strives to be a community that is accessible, welcoming, inclusive, and encouraging to students in recovery. If you are a student in recovery, friend or family member of someone in recovery, or just looking to hang out with other sober people, check out the rest of this page!


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services and Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.

Treatment Services Locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.


Campus Resources for Recovery

AA Meetings (@GMU)

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical.

Sundays 10:30am in Engineering Hall 1108

Wednesdays 7:30pm in SUB 1, 3008

Meetings do not occur when Mason is closed for winter break.


Patriots For Recovery

Patriots for Recovery meetings are open to Mason students who are in recovery from a substance use disorder, -support recovery, or want to know more about recovery. When meetings for the 2019-2020 academic year are scheduled, they will be posted here!


Off Campus Resources

The following list of local resources is provided for the benefit of George Mason University students needing assistance.  These organizations are not owned or operated by the University.  Students are encouraged to used the services at their own discretion.

Self-Help Support

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) is an anonymous 12-step program for those who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional families.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) AA is a “fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.” 703-876-6166

Al-Anon offers support to friends and family of problem drinkers. info@alanonva.com; (703) 534-HELP (4357)

Marijuana Anonymous (MA) is “a fellowship of men and women who share our experience, strength, and hope with each other that we may solve our common problem and help others to recover from marijuana addiction.” (800) 766-6779

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) “is a nonprofit Fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem.” (888) 452-4673 – National Number; (703) 435-1230 – Dulles Corridor

SMART Recovery provides support to individuals who are considering or engaging in abstinence from any type of addictive behavior. (703) 486-0202


Substance Abuse Treatment

Individual clinicians conduct substance abuse assessments and provide treatment in the community. Consult the provider list on your health insurance company’s web site and look for therapists who are Certified Substance Abuse Counselors (CSAC after their name) or Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioners (LSATP).

Private Agencies (in alphabetical order)

Harrison House (Annandale): (703) 256-6474

Inova Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Services (CATS): (703) 776-7771

National Counseling Group (Annandale): (703) 813-5982

Phoenix House (Arlington): (703) 841-0703 Ext. #1

Recovery Center of Northern Virginia (Herndon and Leesburg): (703) 464-5122

Virginia Hospital Center’s Addiction Treatment Programs (Arlington): (703) 558-6451

Public agencies

Arlington County Behavioral Healthcare: (703) 228-4900

Fairfax County Community Services Board: (703)383-8500

Prince William County Community Services: (703) 792-7800



Contact recovery@gmu.edu or ssac@gmu.edu.


Thanks to Transforming Youth Recovery, for their support, which helps Mason raise awareness on campus and create fun opportunities for students in recovery to connect.