Substance use, misuse and dependence are treatable. Help and support are available for students, faculty and staff.
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.
Oasis is a voluntary program for CU-Boulder students seeking support in living a sober lifestyle. It functions as a community of support for any student in recovery from addiction, any student considering moving toward a sober lifestyle, or any student who chooses not to use substances.
Research has shown that families who use these skills when discussing difficult topics are more successful at supporting students to reduce risky substance use.
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.
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.
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.
For individuals searching for treatment resources, LinkingCare.org provides a list of substance use treatment providers licensed by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH).