The CU Collegiate Recovery Center (CUCRC) is open to anyone in recovery or seeking recovery or support for alcohol or drug use or other addictive behaviors as well as those who are interested in being part of a healthy, sober community. 

If you are looking for support, here are some options:

Talk with a Recovery Professional

Our CUCRC staff are here to support students in developing greater health and wellness and resiliency, whatever that path may be. They can help you talk through current struggles or options for recovery support and connect you with the CUCRC community or other resources if needed. If you have made a decision to get sober or are already in recovery, our staff are also available for ongoing individualized recovery coaching on a weekly or as needed basis. This is especially helpful during the first 6-12 months of recovery, or if you are returning to CU from pursuing treatment. Contact one of them to schedule a time.

For professional therapy or psychiatric needs, you can talk with a counselor at Wardenburg Health Services: Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS), or ask one of the CUCRC staff for off campus referrals.


Attend a Support Meeting on Campus

We encourage you to check out any of the support meetings, workshops or groups offered on campus at the CUCRC or through Wardenburg Health Center. The CUCRC also has a list support meetings that our students often attend off campus. See below for links to other free support meetings available in the local community as well. 

CUCRC Weekly Schedule
Wardenburg Health Services: Workshops


Talk with a Student for Peer Support

For many students, making friends with other students who are on a similar path is one of the most important parts of establishing and maintaining sobriety or recovery. Come hang out in the CUCRC Student Lounge and you will start to meet people quickly, or sign up on our email list for announcements about social events and other things going on in the community that you can check out.If you are a student currently struggling with alcohol or drug use or other addictive behaviors, it can be helpful to talk with another student who has been there and is doing well today. Our Peer Support Program gives you the opportunity to connect with a student in recovery who will understand what you are going through and can offer suggestions of what helped them. Call us at 303-492-9642 or email our program manager for a confidential referral. You will have the option to request to speak with a student with a similar gender identity, major or interests. 


Go to a Support Meeting in the Local Community

Online Resources for 12-step and other Support Meetings in the Boulder/Denver area
Alcoholics Anonymous     
Narcotics Anonymous    
Marijuana Anonymous     
Adult Children of Alcoholics    
Gamblers Anonymous    
Eating Disorders Anonymous    
Overeaters Anonymous     
Al-anon  
LifeRing    
SMART Recovery    
Women for Sobriety    
Moderation Management     


Get Involved with a Sober Community or Program

There are lots of different reasons why someone might choose to use alcohol or drugs. Even if the reason is simply, "been there, done that" and you are looking for something different to do, at the CUCRC you can get connected with others who are living substance-free. 

CU Sober Buffs
The CU Sober Buffs are a group of students who are connected with the CUCRC who like to have fun without the use of alcohol or other drugs, and host a wide range of social events throughout the year. Like the Facebook page or sign up on our private email list for sober event announcements. We celebrate sobriety here at the CUCRC!

Phoenix Multisport 
Phoenix Multisport is a supportive, sober active community for individuals who are recovering from substance use and those who choose to live a sober life. Through physical activities like climbing, hiking, running, strength training, yoga, road/mountain biking, socials and other events, Phoenix Multisport helps members develop and maintain the emotional strength they need to stay sober. Phoenix Multisport has locations in Boulder, Denver, & Colorado Springs, and in other areas across the country. Check out the Boulder Phoenix Multisport Calendar for their schedule of free events. 


Visit the CUCRC or CAPS for more free resources & info

CU Collegiate Recovery Center: UMC room 102 - 1st floor, left of the bowling alley
Counseling and Psychiatric Services: Wardenburg 1st Floor / C4C S440 / Williams Village


If you need immediate help: call 911

For after-hours care, you can also call CAPS 24/7 to speak with a licensed professional: 303-492-2277 and press "2." 

Or call a state/national Crisis Support Line:
Colorado Crisis Line: 1-844-492-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

In the event of a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital or urgent care clinic
or Boulder County Mental Health Walk-In Crisis + Addictions Center: 3180 Airport Road

"I finally found the support I needed. Thank you so much for being here." - J.  7 days sober