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Alcohol and Other-Drug Counseling & Support

The College is committed to providing guidance so that students can learn to develop a responsible approach to social challenges, including those relating to alcohol and other drugs (AOD).  Swarthmore students have access to an AOD specialist who provides prevention programming and confidential clinical care. 

Located in the Worth Health Center, the AOD Counselor and Educator promotes student-centered interactions through individual and group counseling.  Furthermore, a trauma-informed perspective strengthens the AOD initiatives.

Assistance for Overcoming Drug and Alcohol Challenges

Swarthmore College maintains the local, state, and federal laws governing alcohol and drug abuse, while upholding an in-house AOD policy.  For additional information on these expectations, please refer to the student handbook. 

In regards to the campus environment, Swarthmore College endorses a substance-free experience for all community members.  When drug or alcohol problems begin to arise, the AOD Counselor and  Educator will assist the situation and make recommendations therein. In some cases involving violations of the Student Code of Conduct, the College may include specific suggestions relating to AOD health and development.


Alcohol and Other-Drug Counselor & Educator
Joshua M. Ellow, MS, CAADC, ICCDP-D
Health Center, Room 126

Personalized Feedback Index (PFI)

The purpose of the PFI is to provide you with information about your alcohol use.  Your personal data will not be identifiable.  The questions usually require about 10 minutes to complete, followed by a summary that is specific to your responses. Click the "360PROOF" icon to begin the questionnaire.

Local and Off-Campus Resources

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (Central Office): 215-923-7900
  • A.A. Meeting Information: 610-527-9711
  • Crozer-Chester Medical Center: 610-497-7200
  • Narcotics Anonymous: 610-534-9510

For general information 

  • Deans' Office: 610-328-8365 
  • Psychological Services: 610-328-8059
  • Worth Health Center: 610-328-8058

In case of acute intoxication or other emergencies:

  • Public Safety: 610-328-8333
    (Call 911 if other resources are not available.)