- OPEN won't tell you what you 'should' or 'shouldn't' do regarding alcohol or drugs, we just provide information so you can make informed decisions for yourself. Check out www.northeastern.edu/open for tons of info!
"I can't tell you how pleasantly surprised I was with this session. I'm not entirely sure what I expected, but I can say that I was not looking forward to going. Once I got there, not only was I not itching to leave, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire session. The more relaxed climate allowed us to feel at ease and be more open, and showed me that staff were being totally honest with us. Oftentimes with things of this nature, whoever is in charge will overtly push an agenda so that even if they were to present any useful information, it would get lost in the nonsense. I appreciated that it was not a lecture about why students were there, nor an unrealistic abstinence approach, nor an attack on our morals. This session went without judgment or attempting to tell me what is right or wrong. As a result, I learned a lot of extremely useful information that left me more suited to make good decisions. I cannot thank you enough for making this overall uncomfortable ordeal become a pleasurable learning experience. "
-Chris P. '12, completed an OPEN men's group with staff
"Originally heading into OPEN I pictured that I was going to have a sit down with a nosy therapist wanting to know all about my childhood, what kind of person I am, etc., and on top of that I thought it would be someone who would be talking down to me like I did something wrong. I thought it was going to be a person who was going to tell me what to do with my life and make themselves seem like they are the model citizen. However, this was completely untrue, after immediately meeting this comfort level, I realized that this was not "therapy" by any means. It is rather a way for students to reflect on habits that may affect short term and/or long term goals. Walking out of the meeting, I felt like my head was truly on straight and that I was on the right path not only with my education and starting a career, but also with how I deal with and control certain desires or distractions."
-Brad P. '11, who completed a 'check-in' with OPEN staff
- Alcohol & Drugs: Get smart, choose smart.