bridge on campusSubstance use, misuse and dependence are treatable. Help and support are available for students, faculty and staff.

Student Support Resources

All fee-paying students are eligible to receive up to six free mental health visits per academic year with CAPS at either location; the Center for Community (C4C) and Wardenburg Health Center. We offer a continuum of treatment and referral services to address substance abuse and dependence. Services include brief screening, assessment, and individual and group therapy.

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The CU Collegiate Recovery Center (CUCRC) provides a home for the sober community on the CU-Boulder campus and support for those in recovery from alcohol or drug use and other addictive behaviors. It is open to all who are in recovery or choosing sobriety/abstinence, and to those who are supportive of the recovery community.

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Recovery Mind is a weekly drop-in group that introduces mindfulness practices, philosophy, and mental skills to focus the mind and help us move forward successfully. Meetings are every Monday from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the UMC room 102 near the bowling alley.

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A student group at CU dedicated to supporting sobriety and well-being for the campus community. 

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Parents & Family Members

Research has shown that families who use these skills when discussing difficult topics are more successful at supporting students to reduce risky substance use.

To view the CU Parent handbook click here.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) provides information through their Good to Know Colorado campaign on how to help young people make good decisions through open conversation about underage retail marijuana use and its effects.

Faculty and Staff Assistance

University employees afflicted by substance dependence are permitted rights consistent with the Family Medical Leave program.

Employees seeking treatment should consult their health insurance coverage to determine what they are provided through their plan.

A free confidential counseling, consulting, and referral service designed to provide assistance to faculty and staff. Licensed counselors or psychologists provide services.  Participants in this program can receive screening and referrals for substance abuse treatment.

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Additional Efforts at CU-Boulder

The college experience is about more than academics. Roommates and friends, social and classroom interactions, extracurricular activities—all these and more will influence the quality of students’ experience at CU-Boulder. Alcohol, marijuana, and other drug use is another factor that may have a tremendous impact on students, both at CU and at universities nationwide. 

As the first step of our comprehensive plan to address alcohol and other drug use, incoming students are offered materials about campus life prior to starting classes on campus. In the Substance Use At CU-Boulder module, incoming students get accurate, useful information about alcohol and marijuana, including their effects, the potential for misuse, ways to decrease the risk of alcohol poisoning, and the legal ramifications of underage use. Whether they choose to use alcohol or marijuana, this course will help them make better decisions and respond appropriately to their peers. 

At CU, we take the impact of alcohol and other drugs on student learning, retention and persistence seriously.  As a part of our commitment to best, promising and innovative practice, Community Health, a division of Wardenburg Health Services routinely evaluates the literature on this crucial issue, and works to disseminate findings throughout the institution.

To access summaries of this literature click here.

Boulder County Support

Boulder County maintains a 24-hour alcohol and/or substance abuse crisis line for residents. University faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to use this free service for support, education, and crisis intervention by calling 303-441-1275.

Boulder County Public Health provides inpatient detoxification, outpatient counseling, and general services for those individuals with alcohol or substance abuse issues.

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There is an active AA community in the Boulder area that is open to all residents. University faculty, staff, and students are referred to community meetings, and there are several targeted to the student population.

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Phoenix Multisport is a non-profit entity in Colorado that fosters a supportive, physically active community for individuals who are recovering from substance abuse and for those who choose to live a sober life.

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State Services and Assistance

For individuals searching for treatment resources, provides a list of substance use treatment providers licensed by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH).

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