• Alcoholics Anonymous: 617.426.9444 or aaboston.org.
• Narcotics Anonymous: 866.NA.HELP.U or newenglandna.org.
• Marijuana Anonymous: marijuana-anonymous.org.

If you don't want to go the 12-step route, most schools have counselors with whom you can speak.

• MIT — Office of Mental Health Services: 617.253.2916.
• Harvard — Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Services: 617.496.0133.
• BU — Student Health Services: 617.353.3569.
• BC — Alcohol and Drug Education Program: 617.552.3470.

It is important that you do your own research to find the help that's right for you. We offer some suggestions here — but you are ultimately responsible for your own treatment. If one system or call does not work for you, keep looking until you find one that does!

Get out of jail
You had that ounce of pot in seven different bags, and the cops busted you with a triple beam too. Now, you need an attorney. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws has an excellent legal referral service.

You can also check to see if your campus has a student legal assistance program.

• MIT refers students to Mass Legal Help at masslegalhelp.org.
• Harvard refers students to the Harvard Defenders, 617.495.4413, or the Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard Law: 617.496.8143.
• BU has a Legal Assistance Bureau, while not specifically for students, they may offer you some direction: 781.893.4793.
• BC has a number for students to call for legal help: 617.353.2326.

Like substance abuse, legal help is a personal decision. Make sure to find an attorney you trust and with whom you are comfortable.

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