Center for Community building

Substance 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 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.

For more information on CAPS, click here

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.

For more information on the CUCRC, click here.

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.

Click here to visit Student Support and Case Management's website.

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 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

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.

For more information about FSAP, click here.

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. 

 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.

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

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 more information about Boulder County Public Health, click here.

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.

For more information about Alcoholics Anonymous, click here

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.

For more information about Phoenix Multisport, click here.

Additional Resources

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

Narcan is a drug used to reverse an overdose from opioids (heroin, narcotics).

Click here for listing of locations to purchase Narcan in the Boulder area.

For a copy of the 2016-2018 Drug-Free Schools and Campus biennial review, please contact Health Promotion at