Feb. 29, 2023 – There’s enormous pressure at college to drink and not everybody wants to feel that pressure. Substance-free dorms are a tool that can help support and build healthy habits on campus and they’re increasing in popularity among students. At Tufts University in Medford, two student residences are substance-free. Simpson House was renovated in 2023, thanks to a gift from actor and Tufts alum Hank Azaria. The house is named after the animated series he’s worked on for the past 35 five years, The Simpsons. Azaria started his recovery in AA and has been sober for eighteen years.

f you think you may suffer from substance use disorder or want to explore your relationship with substances, here are a few places to start: 

Massachusetts Behavioral Health Help Line

Call or text 833-773-2445 24/7, including holidays. The Massachusetts Behavioral Health Help Line can connect people directly to clinical help, when and where they need it. It’s free and confidential, and no health insurance is required. 

SAMHSA’s National Helpline

A free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorder.