Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Programs

Assistance for Drug and Alcohol Related Problems

The health risks associated with the use of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol are significant. Alcohol and other drugs affect brain functioning, result in direct injury to body tissue, are the cause of several thousand traffic fatalities each year, lead to addiction in some individuals, and can alter moods in a potentially harmful way.

The  University desires and is prepared to help students and employees who have a drug- or alcohol-related problem. Confidential assistance is available through the Engle Center for Counseling and Health Services.

Requesting an appointment with a counselor can be done either in person or online:

  • To schedule in person just stop by the Engle Center and speak with our receptionist, or
  • Request counseling online from the privacy of your room or any on-campus computer.  Go to WCMenu.aspx and click on the Counseling Intake button and complete the information requested. All information is kept strictly confidential.

After we review your information we will contact you to set up an appointment with the counselor who is best suited to meet with you for your initial appointment.

For urgent assistance please come to our office or call during regular office hours. For after hours and additional emergency resources click here.

In conjunction with Screening for Mental Health, Messiah University offers a free, confidential Online Screening for Mental Health for alcohol abuse. The screening tool takes only a few minutes to complete and can help you decide if you might benefit from meeting with one of our counselors or another mental health professional.


The University will also refer students to off-campus treatment centers if requested or if the issues being addressed warrant such referral. There are several off campus treatment centers available in the area. A list of selected centers is provided below:

Roxbury Treatment Center, 601 Roxbury Road, Shippensburg, PA 17257    800-648-4673

Addiction Recovery Systems (ARS), 3433 Trindle Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011    717-761-4500

Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Center of Harrisburg, 99 South Cameron Street, Harrisburg , PA, 17101 844-338-4702

White Deer Run Harrisburg, 2001 N Front St, Harrisburg, PA 17102  717-775-7161                

New Insights II, Inc., 716 State Street Lemoyne, PA 17043, 717-303-2035                             

Genesis House Harrisburg, 2901 North Sixth Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102  717-232-6981       

Gaudenzia Addiction, Common Ground, 3740 Chambers Hill Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111, 717- 238-5553

Abraxas I, 165 Abraxas Road, Box 59,Marienville, PA 16239  814-927-6615