In an effort to support students and help them succeed at CU, CAPS is committed to working with students to avoid pitfalls related to substance use. CAPS offers several services to address these issues.  If our services are not able to meet the clinical needs of a student, we will work with students and families to make appropriate referrals.

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CAPS offers individual assessment and treatment for substance use disorders and dual diagnosis. At times, students with substance use disorders may require a higher level of care than we can provide. In these instances we will facilitate a referral to a more appropriate care provider.

Recommendations following an assessment may include services that are provided through CAPS or other campus departments. In the event that the needs of a student exceed the services we can provide, the a clinician may function in a case management role to match the student with an appropriate level of care.

Individual Therapy

CAPS is flexible in its approach and dedicated to addressing individual needs. Students are eligible to receive a limited number of mental health visits every academic year and may choose to utilize all or part of their visits to address unwanted or harmful effects of their substance use as a primary focus. For many, brief counseling will increase motivation for change and encourage the 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 use concerns. For others, fewer sessions are needed to facilitate a transition to a level of care appropriate to the individual.

Support for Concerned Family and Community Members

Alcohol and drug misuse can affect a users' family and friends. 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 with someone about their alcohol and drug use.

For students in recovery or seeking support for recovery, visit CU’s Collegiate Recovery Center

Click here for additional campus information and classes around alcohol and other drug use.