Clean Cats is a community for students who are in recovery, or pursuing recovery from alcohol, drugs, or other types of addictive behavior. 

We know that some students feel like they have to choose between their recovery and higher education. Students may be concerned about leaving their recovery supports, or being in a place where there are triggers. These are valid concerns. We believe every student has a right to a successful and enjoyable college experience, and college recovery communities/programs have been designed to make this happen.

  • 24 hr. access to the Clean Cats space (to hang out, do homework, relax, & take a break from or talk about potentially triggering situations).
  • Weekly Recovery Meetings
  • Opportunities to meet like-minded people & have peer support
  • Recovery anniversary celebrations
  • Assistance with connection to academic support & mental health services
  • Early Registration through the L/AC
  • Recovery Review/Planning 
  • Accountability  
  • AA meetings, Refuge Recovery meetings, ACA meetings on campus

Our mission is to provide incoming students, returning students, and existing students with peer support, advocacy, and a sense of community around their recovery. It includes supporting its members as they pursue a balance between an academically successful, socially engaged, well-rounded college experience, and the achievement of their recovery goals. We strive to destigmatize the experience of addiction and recovery.

Read an article Katie Vogel wrote in The Prattler about the impact the program had on her first semester at Pratt.

Important facts:

  • 95% of students in drug/alcohol recovery who participate in College Recovery Communities maintain their recovery and don’t relapse, compared to the general population with a relapse rate of 40-60%
  • Students in drug/alcohol recovery who are active in College Recovery Communities demonstrate higher GPAs and better retention and graduation rates than the average student

If you are unsure about joining, reach out anyway! You can contact Jernee Montoya (, LCSW CASAC, the advisor for Clean Cats, explore Clean Cat’s membership further, and/or be directed to additional recovery best suited to your situation. 

Suspect an Overdose? Afraid to call 911? Don’t be!

NYC’s new “911 Good Samaritan” law provides protections from charge and prosecution for drug and alcohol possession for the victim and those who seek help during an overdose.

CHOICES GROUP - Spring Semester


AA meetings take place on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 8:15 PM at the Pratt Brooklyn Campus; contact Jernee Montoya ( for location and questions regarding the meetings. Emails received after 5 PM will be answered the next business day.

REFUGE RECOVERY meets on Mondays, from 7-8 PM. Location TBA


We've added a third meeting! AA meetings will now take place on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 8:15 PM at the Pratt Brooklyn Campus; contact Jernee Montoya ( for location and questions regarding the meetings. Emails received after 5 PM will be answered the next business day.

ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS meets on Mondays, from 7–8 PM. For meeting location, contact

The Counseling Center offers non-judgmental, confidential assistance to students regarding their use of alcohol and other drugs. If you or someone you know is struggling with the use of alcohol or other drugs, please contact our office at 718.687.5356 to schedule an appointment with Jernee Montoya, Coordinator of Clinical AOD services. If you want to stop using, or, if you want to cut down on your use, assistance is available.

Prescription Drug Misuse

Prescription drug abuse occurs when you use a medication without a prescription, in a way other than as prescribed, or for the feeling it generates (i.e. to get high, stay awake, escape uncomfortable feelings).

It is a growing concern on college campuses, and is the #1 cause of accidental death in the US. Prescription drug abuse can lead to heroin addiction when a person is abusing opiates (Vicodin, Oxycontin, Percoset). For more information, please check out this link: Warning Signs of Prescription Drug Misuse.

What should I do if I see an overdose?

  • Call 911 immediately
  • If the person is not breathing, do rescue breathing (mouth to mouth)
  • Lay the person on their side once they start breathing again

Signs of an overdose:

  • The person is unconscious and you can’t wake them
  • Breathing slowly or not at all
  • Lips or nails are turning blue


BASICS is a two-session assessment with a counselor aimed at helping a student learn more about their drinking, and how it may be affecting their life. CASICS is a similar assessment with the focus being on a student's marijuana use. The program is designed to assist students in examining their own drinking behavior and/or marijuana use in a judgment-free environment. The goals are selected by the student and aimed at reducing risky behaviors and harmful consequences. Contact Jernee at for more info, or to set up an appointment.

How Do I Know if I'm Drinking Too Much?

Below is a list of some common consequences of excessive drinking. If you have had one or more of these experiences, then you may be misusing alcohol. 

  • Missing class or being late for class due to drinking 
  • Sending drunk text messages/emails to an ex-partner
  • Unwanted/unplanned hook-up with someone
  • Engaging in unprotected sex
  • Drinking to overcome anxiety in social situations
  • Saying something you regret while intoxicated
  • Thinking about or being distracted by thoughts of when you can drink again/Cravings for alcohol
  • Black-outs or memory loss
  • Drinking alone to deal with your feelings/stress
  • Vomiting
  • Engaging in self-harm while intoxicated (i.e. cutting, burning self with a cigarette, putting yourself in dangerous situations) 
  • Alcohol poisoning that requires stomach being pumped at hospital
  • Disciplinary/legal consequences
Go to to get personalized feedback about your drinking in less than a minute.

Alcohol Poisoning

Drinking too much alcohol, too quickly, can be dangerous and lethal. In large quantities, alcohol can shut down brain functioning, leading to death. BACs (Blood Alcohol Concentrations) of 0.30 or more can be fatal.

How do you know if someone is suffering from alcohol poisoning? Here are signs to look for:
  • Person passes out and cannot be awakened
  • Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin
  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • Person has vomited while passed out
What should I do if I think someone has alcohol poisoning?
  • Call 911. Do not leave the person alone.
  • Never put the person to bed to sleep it off.
  • Turn the person on his or her side (to reduce the chance that the person will choke on his/her vomit).
  • If you are on campus, call Campus Security at 718.636.3540 or contact your RA. Do not let your fear of getting someone in trouble for drinking prevent you from reaching out for help; remember, an angry friend is better than a dead friend. 

How Can I Reduce Harm?

It is illegal to drink alcohol in New York state if you are under 21 years of age. If you choose to drink, your style of drinking can determine your level of risk.

Here are some tips that may reduce your chance for harm:
  • Avoid drinking games (it's harder to keep track of how much you drink, and you are more likely to raise your BAC to a dangerous level in a short period of time).
  • Limit yourself to one drink per hour (standard size drink), and alternate with non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Eat before you drink.
  • Avoid drinks that mix alcohol with caffeine/other stimulants (i.e. Red Bull cocktail, Four Loko, etc.). The energizing effects of the stimulants in these drinks can mask your awareness of how intoxicated you are, and you can make the mistake of drinking more than your body can handle.
  • Avoid pre-gaming. This can result in drinking more than you expect or want to because you will already be buzzed when you get to your destination, and your inhibitions/judgment will be impaired.
  • Keep your drink in your hand at all times to avoid someone secretly slipping a drug(s) into your drink.
  • Surround yourself with individuals you trust, so that, if something happens, there will be people who can take necessary action to assist you. - Strategies on how to change your drinking pattern – with tips to build alcohol refusal skills and cope with cravings.

Helpful Websites

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Multiple Pathways to Recovery

(in addition to AA)

Refuge Recovery is a non-profit organization grounded in the belief that Buddhist principles and practices create a strong foundation for the addiction recovery process. Wisdom and compassion enable those struggling with any form of addiction to become more mindful of their mental processes while also developing a deep understanding of the suffering that addiction has created and compassion for their own pain. The mission of Refuge Recovery is to support those on this path of recovery by building an extensive and comprehensive network of Refuge Recovery groups, meetings and communities that practice, educate and provide Buddhist-inspired guidance and meditations for anyone seeking recovery from addiction. We hope to serve you, and meet you on the path.

Offers more than 950 weekly face-to-face meetings and 30 online meetings for individuals seeking to abstain from substances or activities. SMART Recovery (Self Management And Recovery Training) is a self-empowering, science-based mutual support group for abstaining from any substance or activity addiction. Teaches tools organized under the 4-Point Program®: 1) Building and Maintaining Motivation, 2) Coping with Urges, 3) Managing Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors, and 4) Living a Balanced Life. Tools include change plan worksheet, cost-benefit analysis, hierarchy of values, ABCs of REBT for urge coping and emotional upsets, brainstorming, role-playing and rehearsing, and more.

Celebrate Recovery is part of Saddleback Church. Celebrate has eight recovery principles based on the beatitudes. Celebrate Recovery provides peer support and service ministry within a Christ-centered, Bible-based recovery program. Conference listings and Celebrate Recovery tools are available online.

LifeRing sponsors face-to-face groups and online connections to chat rooms, discussion forums, blogs, and links to sources of information related to recovery from addiction. LifeRing is not affiliated with any other organization, and is independent financially, legally, and organizationally. LifeRing meetings are started and led by peer volunteers called "conveners."

Millati Islami is a fellowship of men and women, joined together on the Path of Peace. We share our experiences, strengths, and hopes while recovering from our active addiction to mind- and mood-altering substances. Following Millati Islami’s 12 Steps to Recovery, members look to Allah (G-D) to guide us on Millati Islami (the Path of Peace). While recovering, we strive to become rightly guided Muslims, submitting our will and services to Allah. members look to Allah (G-D) to guide us on Millati Islami (the Path of Peace). While recovering, we strive to become rightly guided Muslims, submitting our will and services to Allah.

Women for Sobriety, Inc., is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women discover a happy New Life in recovery from Substance Use Disorders. Founded in 1975, the WFS New Life Program is based on thirteen Acceptance Statements which encourage emotional and spiritual growth. WFS has certified moderators and chat leaders leading mutual support groups online and in person, as well as phone volunteers available for one-on-one support. Any woman seeking an abstinent New Life is welcome to join WFS.

Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) is a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing peer support communities for those with addiction disorders and their families and friends. Their online forums include communities for opioid addiction, alcohol dependence, stimulant addictions, and benzodiazepine addiction.

SOS is a network of autonomous, nonprofessional local groups dedicated solely to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety. SOS is a secular program of recovery and takes a self-empowerment approach. SOS is useful for people with alcohol, food, and other drug problems who have difficulty with the spiritual aspects of many mutual aid groups. SOS has family and friend groups.

The Wellbriety Movement is an interconnected web spreading across our Native Nations carrying the message of cultural knowledge about recovery for individuals, families and communities. The web is a live entity that was born out of the work that White Bison created after the Elders told about a healing time that has come.

JACS assists the Jewish community in exploring recovery in a nurturing Jewish environment. It is a self-help/mutual aid movement of recovering Jewish people empowering themselves, talking to their communities and advocating for services on behalf of addicted Jews and families.

In the Rooms is a comprehensive online social network for the recovery community worldwide. Their mission is to help, inform, touch, connect, and heal those already in recovery, seeking recovery, and the family and friends supporting recovery around the world.