Drugs, Alcohol and You (DAY) Programs

The DAY Programs offer services to fee paying students who are concerned about their substance use or are required to complete an assessment or engage in treatment by the University’s disciplinary system. DAY Programs services can be accessed by calling (970) 491-7121. The following specialized programs, workshops and services are available:

Types of Services

This online Alcohol and other Drug screening serves both mandated and voluntary students with an easily accessible web-based instrument that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The BASIC’s Feedback Screen gives students individualized feedback and a “next step” program determined by the screening instrument. Students are not punished for being truthful. In fact, honest responses guide students to a better fit option. The “next step” programs include Live Safe 101, Basics, or CannaBiz 101.

This is a one-time, two and a half hour session is open to both mandated and voluntary students and primarily focuses on Alcohol. Topics covered include: the glamorization of alcohol, media influences, addiction vs. abuse, myths and reality about substance use on college campuses, information on how substances affect the brain and body, and various interactive exercises used to generate discussion on the social, interpersonal and academic influences substances have in our culture.

Cost: $95


Location (Aylesworth)Date Time
C111Wednesday, 1/25/175:30-8:00
C108Tuesday, 2/7/175:30-8:00
C111Wednesday, 2/22/175:30-8:00
C108Tuesday, 3/7/175:30-8:00
C111Wednesday, 3/22/175:30-8:00
C108Tuesday, 4/4/175:30-8:00
C111Wednesday, 4/19/175:30-8:00
C108Tuesday, 4/25/175:30-8:00
C111Wednesday, 5/3/175:30-8:00

BASICS is a preventive alcohol abuse intervention program for college students. The program is designed to help students make better alcohol-use decisions. BASICS is conducted over the course of only two interviews. After a thorough history, students are interviewed about their specific goals. As a harm reduction approach, BASICS motivates students to reduce risky behaviors, convey factual information regarding alcohol, and corrects common myths. Students leave the first meeting and are asked to take an accurate inventory of use during the following month. Students return for a second meeting with the counselor after four weeks.

Cost: $95

This is a one-time, a two and a half-hour session open to both mandated and voluntary students. Topics covered include: the glamorization of cannabis, media influences, addiction vs. abuse, myths and reality about substance use on college campuses, information on how cannabis affects the brain and body, and various interactive exercises used to generate discussion on the social, interpersonal and academic influences cannabis has in our culture.  Based upon the on-ine screening and assessment (Audit & Cudit), this is a brief treatment intervention for low risk individuals. The goal is to help students gain understanding of the knowns and unknowns about cannabis; how we got here today in CO.; the laws and policies, NORML and other guidelines for ‘responsible’ use; values and the role cannabis may play in support or counter to them; common questions, beliefs, myths and research to date.

Cost: $95

Location (Aylesworth)DateTime
Wednesday, 2/8/175:30-8:00
Wednesday, 3/8/175:30-8:00
Tuesday, 3/28/175:30-8:00
Wednesday, 4/12/175:30-8:00
Tuesday, 5/2/175:30-8:00

Taking Steps is a 12-hour treatment program for mandated students that allows each individual to have a voice in how that treatment is administered. The goal of the program is to provide the kind of support each student needs in order to avoid future consequences of drug and/or alcohol use and abuse. Each student will participate in a two-session intake designed to generate ideas for the Taking Steps Contract. Each item on the contract will be directly related to the goals of the student (with counselor input) allowing for an individuated treatment experience. Contracted items may include: individual counseling, psycho-educational workshops, harm reduction groups, drug and alcohol testing, psychological testing, academic support, skill building, identity/personal development, referrals to other agencies on campus and in the community, etc. After the creation of a contract, student and clinician work to achieve identified goals through the various interventions.

Cost: $125

Open to Change is a three-month program for mandated and voluntary students. Although the program is abstinence-based and includes regular testing to monitor any substance use, the program’s design is to reduce the overall harm and negative consequences students have begun to experience that are directly linked to their substance use. The program is centered upon two primary goals. The first goal is to allow students to take a “time out” or break from alcohol and other drug use. This will allow for a time to reflect on the role alcohol and other drugs have played in life. Students will also gain skills to help make clearer decisions in the future. The second focus of the program is to review academic goals, assist students in developing skills to successfully achieve those goals, and to create an intentional plan that provides a clear road map to graduation. After four weeks, the clinician and case manager will create the remainder of the clinical plan. All students will have an individual clinician, an individual case manager, participate in a weekly group, and participate in academic skill development activities.

Cost: $200 PLUS the cost of testing

The Back on TRAC program is leveraged development and treatment for students facing potential separation from the university due to drug or alcohol issues. The program emphasizes accountability and personal responsibility while providing on-campus treatment resources, case management, peer support, and individually tailored contracts. The program is based upon the community drug court model combined with the best practices of Student Affairs and Higher Education.

Upon completion of an individually tailored contract, the Back on TRAC program is organized in three phases. The first phase of the program focuses heavily on initial comprehensive intake assessment and transitioning to abstinence. The second phase is designed to empower students to explore and maximize their potential Self-exploration activities are fused into the treatment over breaks, as educational sanctions, and even rewards. Phase three enables students to transition from the structure of the program to empower personal decision-making and realistic goals around legal substance use.

Cost: $200 for first month; $100/month thereafter PLUS the cost of testing.

DAY Programs offer individual appointments for students who want to examine and alter their substance use. Appointments can be made after a brief screening that can be done over the phone (970) 491-6053, or in person, walk-in hours are M-F in Aylesworth Hall NE 123. DAY counselors work with students whose goals range from reducing the negative impact of substance use to abstinence. Counselors use a nonjudgmental and empathetic approach to support students in achieving their goals. Students can walk in (or call 491-6053 for a phone screen) during business hours and go through the “initial screen” to get set up for a counseling appointment. Full time students receive the first five sessions at no additional cost every semester.

Psycho-Educational Workshops

The DAY Programs office offers a variety of topical workshops to help students gain awareness in particular competency areas.

This workshop covers the continuum of substance use from abstinence to addiction, the cycle of addiction, problem indicators, and how to respond to a friend or family member whom you suspect might have a problem with alcohol and other drugs. Each student is given tools to assess their own use on the continuum.


Aylesworth Room 100Tuesday, 2/7/171:00-2:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Tuesday, 3/7/173:00-4:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Tuesday, 3/28/172:00-3:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Tuesday, 4/18/171:30-3:00 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Tuesday, 5/2/172:30-4:00 pm

This interactive workshop helps students look more closely at anger. When is it appropriate? When is it inappropriate? When does it cause harm? Students will also examine triggers for anger and brainstorm appropriate responses. Students also learn Cognitive Restructuring as a tool to stop harmful anger before it starts.

Aylesworth Room C111Tuesday, 3/7/176:00-7:30 pm

The Brains Scans workshop  explores new research using SPECT (Single Photon Computerized Tomography) scans. Did you know that, at all times, 20% of your blood supply is located in your brain or that 40% of the oxygen you breathe goes directly to feed the brain? The participants in this workshop will learn basic neural anatomy and brain function in regards to cerebral blood flow, why the brain responds as it does, and the neurotransmitters that are affected by drug and alcohol use. The workshop also looks at how other brain dysfunctions can be seen graphically, the effects of drug and alcohol use on the brain, and how it exacerbates co-occurring brain disorders.


Location DateTime
Aylesworth Room 100Monday, 2/6/173:30-5:00 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Tuesday, 3/21/173:30-5:00 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Friday, 4/21/1712:30-2:00 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Thursday, 5/4/173:30-5:00 pm

How does gender impact behavior?  What are the cultural messages about being a man, and how do these messages influence decision making?  Why are words like “fag,” “pussy,” “bitch, and “gay” so common, and how are they used to assert power over someone?  In this participatory session of the Gender Roles and Behavior workshop, students explore the gender messages, examine how these messages might impact behavior, and develop strategies to break free of constraining gender “boxes.”


Aylesworth Room C106Tuesday, 4/11/176:00-7:30 pm

What is risk management? The Risk Management workshop explores the different facets of risk and provides tools to reduce or remove different risk factors. Students gain tools in assessing risk at parties, in relationships, and with roommates. The participants  also learn how thinking errors might be used to justify substance use. The participants  brainstorm as a group to define and uncover potentially risky situations or people that could damage the likelihood of success in their college career and beyond.


Aylesworth Room C106 Wednesday, 2/8/174:00-5:30 pm
Aylesworth Room C106Wednesday, 2/22/173:30-5:00 pm
Aylesworth Room C106Tuesday, 3/7/176:30-8:00 pm
Aylesworth Room C106Wednesday, 3/22/174:00-5:30 pm
Aylesworth Room C108Tuesday, 4/11/175:30-7:00 pm
Aylesworth Room C106Tuesday, 4/25/176:00-7:30 pm
Aylesworth Room C108Tuesday, 5/2/176:30-8:00 pm

What would you like to change? What is change? How do people change? What kinds of things do people change? These are just a few of the questions that will be explored in the Stages of Change workshop. Based on the 6 Stages of Change Model developed by Prochaska and DiClemente: Pre-contemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Action, Maintenance, and Relapse. Students  learn about the process of change and how to apply it to their lives. Students also learn what stage they are in regarding personal substance use.


LocationDate Time
Aylesworth Room 100Friday, 2/3/172:00-3:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Thursday, 3/9/171:00-2:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Friday, 3/31/171:00-2:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Thursday, 4/13/171:00-2:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Friday, 5/5/172:30-4:00 pm

This workshop focuses on the work of Martin Seligman who became president of the APA in 1998. He was famous for pulling together contemporary psychology researchers and health scientists under the umbrella of positive psychology and began to craft a theory of well-being which has evolved over the past decade. The workshop reviews a definition of happiness that goes beyond simply dealing with pathology; happiness has no ceiling as people cultivate strength, optimism, and resiliency. The workshop also utilizes the VIA instrument of Character Strengths to reflect on individual unique qualities. The workshop incorporates personal story-telling, strength-spotting, happiness criteria, and the 24 VIA Character Strengths.


Aylesworth Room 100Homework OnlyPick up during business hours

Ever wake up (literally or figuratively) in a situation and think to yourself, “How did I get here? This isn’t who I am.” We often times make decisions that actually take us further from our long term goals. There are many reasons for this: media, peer pressure, family pressure, etc. Generally, we are more successful and happier (and low risk!) when we are making choices in our lives based on our values. This workshop helps students clarify what their values actually are and then helps students understand how to take those values and use them to make decisions. Everyone could use a moment to step back and look for the choices we have made that do not line up with our value system.


Aylesworth Room 100Monday, 2/6/1712:30-2:00 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Wednesday, 3/8/172:00-3:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Monday, 4/3/1712:00-1:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Tuesday, 5/2/173:00-4:30 pm

This Student Development workshop will explore the layers of personal identity. This workshop is all about the participant. Members will gain knowledge of student development theory – the steps that students take in their development of a sense of SELF. Students will look at Arthur Chickering’s 7 “vectors” or layers through which most college students are developing: Competence, Emotions, Interdependence, Relationships, Identity, Purpose, and Integrity. By the end of the workshop, each student will have language to “name” the challenges that are faced in college. Students will be equipped with additional psycho-social awareness and specific goals that are both short and long term.


Aylesworth Room 100Friday, 2/17/171:00-2:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Monday, 3/6/173:30-5:00 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Wednesday, 4/12/1710:00-11:30 am
Aylesworth Room 100Friday, 3/31/1712:00-1:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Monday, 4/24/173:00-4:30 pm