CU-Boulder recognizes that substance abuse and dependence are treatable disorders. The university encourages employees and students to utilize treatment services and referral resources to address these serious conditions. The university provides the following support services to faculty, staff, and students:
Faculty and Staff Assistance
- Family Medical Leave: University employees afflicted by substance dependence are permitted rights consistent with the Family Medical Leave program. More information.
- Insurance Coverage: Employees seeking treatment should consult their health insurance coverage to determine what they are provided through their plan.
- Faculty Staff Assistance Program: 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. More information.
Student Assistance Programs
Wardenburg Health Center: The student health center offers a continuum of treatment and referral services to address substance abuse and dependence. Services include individual and group therapy, brief screening, and assessment. More information.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): Students of the university are eligible to receive free individual and group counseling targeted toward substance abuse and dependence. Students can also receive free substance abuse assessments and referral services through CAPS. Students may take a brief online AOD screening through the CAPS website. More information.
Oasis: Oasis is a voluntary program for CU-Boulder students seeking support in living a sober lifestyle. It functions as a community of support for any student in recovery from addiction, any student considering moving toward a sober lifestyle, or any student who chooses not to use substances. More information.
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. 303-441-1275
- Boulder County Public Health provides inpatient detoxification, outpatient counseling, and general services for those individuals with alcohol or substance abuse issues. More information.
State Services and Assistance
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. More information.
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. More information.