Are alcohol and drugs getting in the way of your life?

Find support on campus.

Connect with a peer

Talk with a student or staff mentor who can relate, share their experience and offer suggestions through the CU Collegiate Recovery Center’s peer support program. 

Talk with a counselor

Seeing a counselor at Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) can help you find relief. CU students are eligible for a limited number of free visits per year.

Visit the recovery center

A welcoming community and resource lounge where you can connect with others, find sobriety-friendly social events, and attend free support meetings. The recovery center is located in UMC 102 next to the bowling alley.

Sober Buffs

A student group at CU dedicated to supporting sobriety and well-being for the campus community. 

Tobacco Cessation Counseling

Health Promotion offers free quit kits and one-on-one tobacco cessation counseling to support students with identifying goals and creating a plan. Walk in or call to schedule an appointment at 303-492-2937.

CU Activities

A great way to address substance abuse is to get involved in or attend fun and interesting happenings.  By doing so you can develop a needed sense of belonging. There are many events and recreational opportunities offered on the CU Boulder campus. Be sure to explore your options for being part of the campus community here.

  • Community Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) at Boulder County Public Health works to reduce and prevent substance abuse in Boulder County through individual interventions for teens and young adults and community-level education, advocacy, and policy.
  • Mental Health Partners Addiction Recovery Center (ARC) detox facility at 3180 Airport Road in Boulder is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They also provide a free, 24-hour alcohol and/or substance abuse crisis line for Boulder County Residents that offers support, education, and crisis intervention that can be reached at 303-441-1281
  • Phoenix Multi-Sport is a publicly supported non-profit organization whose mission is to build and maintain an active community for individuals who are recovering from alcohol and substance abuse and those who choose to live a sober life. They hold weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual activities such as biking, climbing, hiking, spinning, yoga, mountaineering, multi-day extended trips, and international expeditions. They are located at 4645 North Broadway, Unit C4, Boulder.
  • Boulder Integrated Health is a comprehensive medical detoxification program that provides state-of-the-art drug and alcohol detox. They are located at 311 Mapleton Ave in Boulder.

  • The Partnership for a Drug-Free America created Life After to give a voice to the struggle with addiction and to celebrate the thousands of stories of hope and recovery that we know are out there. Through real stories from real people, they can help shine a light on the realities of substance abuse. They can also provide an honest look at the challenges of recovery from addiction, while showing that life after drugs is, indeed, possible.
  • Recovery World is dedicated to bringing you the best recovery, self-help, and healthy shopping on the web. They offer free online meeting rooms, recovery-based cartoons, and news in the recovery world.
  • Treatment Facility Locator is a powerful tool that helps you search more than 11,000 alcohol and drug abuse/addiction treatment facilities and programs, and more than 8,000 mental health treatment facilities and programs.
  • Treatment-Centers.net is a community based public-benefit website devoted to helping individuals and families find help for addiction and dual diagnosis. Their site aims to provide a platform for people to learn and share about addictions and co-occurring disorders, and serve as a trustworthy resource for information about addiction and addiction treatment centers.  They provide free drug and alcohol assessments, and have a toll-free helpline staffed by professional counselors 24/7. 
  • Women for Sobriety, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions. The program helps guide women to develop coping skills which focus on emotional growth, spiritual growth, confidence, and encourage a healthy lifestyle.
  • SMART Recovery helps people recover from all types of addictive behaviors including alcoholism, drug abuse and substance abuse. Their efforts are based on scientific knowledge and evolve as scientific knowledge evolves. They largely view addictive behavior more as a complex maladaptive behavior than as a disease.
  • Rational Recovery has a combined mission: (1) to disseminate information on independent recovery from addiction through planned, permanent abstinence, (2) to make self-recovery a viable option to all addicted people everywhere, and (3) to make informed consent to addiction treatment and recovery group participation available to all addicted people.
  • Get help if you want to quit smoking at the CDC website on tobacco and the Colorado QuitLine
  • The Fix is an online resource for all things recovery: news stories, culture, forums, and more.  Check it out!  
  • Young People in Recovery is an advocacy organization focused on creating recovery-ready communities throughout the nation for young people in, or seeking, recovery. This organization works to improve public policy which focuses on accessibility to treatment, educational resources, employment opportunities, and secure quality housing. 
  • Life Ring an abstinence-based network of individuals seeking to live in recovery from addiction to alcohol or other non-medically indicated drugs. This is an organization of individuals who share experiences and offer sobriety support, advice, and encouragement.

  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)’s mission is to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) works to improve the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, alcohol and drug addiction treatment, and mental health services.
  • The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) provides education, information, help and hope to the public. It advocates prevention, intervention, and treatment through a nationwide network of affiliates. They also work to fight the stigma of alcoholism and other drug addictions. 
  • The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) supports and conducts biomedical and behavioral research on the causes, consequences, and treatment of alcohol use disorders. 
  • Office of National Drug Control Policy hosts a comprehensive website that helps you understand the scope of drug policy and related actions in the United States.
  • DrugWatch.com is a website database featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. DrugWatch.com includes up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications and includes details about associated side effects to aid in the protection of patients and consumers.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Boulder County AA can be reached at 303.447.8201.
  • Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. They meet regularly to help each other stay clean. They are not interested in what or how much you used, but only in what you want to do about your problem and how they can help. Boulder County NA can be reached at 303.412.2884.
  • Marijuana Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from marijuana addiction. Colorado’s chapter of MA can be reached at 303.607.7516.
  • Cocaine Anonymous is a Fellowship of, by, and for addicts seeking recovery. They are concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual drug addicts who turn to their Fellowship for help. Colorado’s chapter of CA can be reached at 303.421.5120
  • Al-Anon (and Alateen for younger members) has been offering strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers. No matter what relationship you have with an alcoholic, whether they are still drinking or not, all who have been affected by someone else’s drinking can find solutions that lead to serenity in the Al-Anon/Alateen fellowship.
  • Nar-Anon is for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation due to the addiction problem of someone close to them. Nar-Anon members share their experiences, strength, and hope at weekly meetings. 
  • INTHEROOMS is the world's largest social recovery network offering online 12-step meetings.

  • Moderation Management is a recovery program and national support group network for people who have made the decision to reduce their drinking and make other lifestyle changes.
  • The Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC) is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted through drug use. HRC advances policies and programs that help people address the adverse effects of drug use including overdose, HIV, hepatitis C, addiction, and incarceration.
  • The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) Network is the nation’s leading organization working to end the war on drugs. They envision new drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights and a just society in which the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of today are no more.