In an effort to support students and help them succeed at CU, CAPS is committed to working with students to avoid pitfalls related to alcohol and drug 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.

CAPS offers a multi-session substance use assessment designed to provide students with feedback on their patterns of alcohol and drug use and how it compares to other adults and CU students. In addition to determining whether a student's use patterns meet the criteria for a diagnosis of a substance use disorder, the discussion targets what the student may do to reduce the potential for harm related to alcohol and other drug use. 

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.

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.

CAPS does not have group therapy dedicated to substance misuse issues at this time. Some groups, however, provide an opportunity for students to address their use and reduce related harm. Students can discuss group options with a CAPS counselor.

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.

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.

We can provide induction and ongoing suboxone treatment, as well as supportive therapy for students needing this level of service.