Center for Community building

Substance use, misuse and dependence are treatable. Help and support are available for students, faculty and staff.

Student Support Resources

  • Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
    All fee-paying students are eligible to receive a limited number of mental health visits per academic year with CAPS. CAPS offers a continuum of treatment and referral services to address substance abuse and dependence. Services include brief screening, assessment, individual and group therapy and suboxone induction and treatment. Learn more about CAPS. 
  • CU Collegiate Recovery Center
    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. Learn more about the CUCRC.
  • Student Support and Case Management
    Student Support and Case Management (SSCM) assists students who are experiencing distress from events such as personal or family crisis. SSCM works collaboratively to support academic success and emotional well-being. Learn more about SSCM.

Parents & Family Members

  • Talking With Your Student About Drugs & Alcohol
    Research has shown that families who use these skills when discussing difficult topics are more successful at supporting students to reduce risky substance use. Review the CU Parent handbook.
  • Talking With Your Student About Marijuana
    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) provides information through their Responsibility Grows Here 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

  • Family Medical Leave
    University employees afflicted by substance dependence are permitted rights consistent with the Family Medical Leave program.
  • Insurance Coverage
    Employees seeking treatment should consult their health insurance coverage to determine what they are provided through their plan.
  • Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)
    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. Learn more about FSAP.

Additional Efforts at CU Boulder

  • Alcohol and Other Drug Pre and Early Matriculation Education
    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.

  • Overdose Prevention and Response
    Attendees will learn how to recognize signs of alcohol poisoning and overdose, how and when to use naloxone and strategies to prevent overdose. Training dates and information.
  • Planning for Student Success
    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, Health Promotion, routinely evaluates the literature on this crucial issue, and works to disseminate findings throughout the institution.

Boulder County Support

  • 24-Hour Substance Abuse Crisis Line
    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.
  • Help for Someone Abusing Drugs or Alcohol
    Boulder County Public Health provides inpatient detoxification, outpatient counseling, and general services for those individuals with alcohol or substance abuse issues. Learn more about Boulder County Public Health.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
    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. Learn more about Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Phoenix Multisport
    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. Learn more about Phoenix Multisport.

Additional Resources

  • Health Effects
    Learn more about the National Institutes of Health on the effects of alcohol and other drugs.
  • Colorado Substance Use Treatment Providers
    For individuals searching for treatment resources, provides a list of substance use treatment providers licensed by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH).
  • Locations to Purchase Narcan
    Narcan is a drug used to reverse an overdose from opioids (heroin, narcotics). See locations to purchase Narcan in the Boulder area.

For a copy of the 2018-2020 Drug-Free Schools and Campus biennial review, please contact Health Promotion at