Alcohol and Other Drugs

To learn more about any of the services listed below, please contact the CAPS Substance Abuse Program Coordinator:

Matthew Tomatz, MA, LPC, CACIII, CGP

It is important to understand that alcohol and other drug use is often a part of the college experience. In an effort to support students and help them succeed, CAPS is committed to working with students to avoid pitfalls related to alcohol and drugs. CAPS offers several services to address these issues.  If our services are not appropriate, we will work with students and families to make appropriate referrals.

Individual Therapy

Students are eligible to receive up to six free sessions of individual counseling every academic year, and students can address overcoming unwanted or harmful use of alcohol or drugs as a primary focus. CAPS is flexible in its approach and dedicated to addressing individual needs. For many, brief counseling will increase motivation for change and encourage stability that is needed to succeed. For some, individual therapy along with other services (group treatment, or support from the broader community) is a viable option to address substance abuse. For others, six or fewer sessions is needed to facilitate a transition to a level of care appropriate to the individual.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is often the treatment of choice for substance abuse. Where we do not have a group dedicated to substance abuse, some groups provide an opportunity for students to address their use and reduce related harm.  Students can discuss group options with a CAPS counselor.


Oasis is a community of students seeking meaningful connections through a sober lifestyle.

Oasis meets weekly in a community circle to provide an opportunity for students to come together, to support each other, to relieve stress, and to develop friendships.  

Any individual interested or curious about pursuing a sober lifestyle is highly encouraged to attend. Oasis is sponsored by CU’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). It is an effort to support students who are working together to create a sober community and to help cultivate a support system for individuals enjoying or pursuing sober lives.

You are welcome to attend the weekly community meeting. Oasis meets Fridays at 3 PM at the University Memorial Center (UMC), Room 102. Click this link for a campus map, or click here for more information.


CAPS offers a two-part substance abuse assessment to provide students feedback on their patterns of alcohol and drug use. This assessment can be informative as it helps students understand their relationship to drugs or alcohol and gain new perspectives. This insight can help students make better decisions and reduce harm. Students will also receive recommendations as to what forms of treatment might be most beneficial in changing habitual or harmful behavior.

Support for Family Members and Concerned Others

Recognizing that alcohol and drug use affects family and friends, it is often beneficial to consider your role in helping your friend or loved one.  If you are concerned about someone else’s use of alcohol or drugs, you are welcome to contact CAPS for consultation regarding our services and ways to communicate about alcohol and drugs.


CAPS staff is available to provide trainings, group workshops, or public talks focused on alcohol and drug themes. Please contact CAPS or Matthew Tomatz to arrange for this service.

Alcohol Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous

Boulder has an active support community, and when appropriate, students are encouraged to seek support through these fellowships to advance recovery and stability. Students may contact Matthew Tomatz to arrange to meet students who currently participate in AA/NA. Attending meetings with other students is often felt as very supportive and important in initial efforts at recovery from addiction.