CSU Health Network’s Drugs, Alcohol and You (DAY) Programs offers 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.

For more information about our services or to schedule services, please call CSU Health Network Counseling Services DAY Programs at (970) 491-4693.

DAY Program Services

Online Substance Use Screening: IMPACT Feedback

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 IMPACT Feedback Screen gives students individualized feedback as well as 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. Contact Counseling Services DAY Programs at (970) 491-4693 or visit the Health Resources and Interactive Screenings page for more information.

Voluntary Service: DAY Individual Appointments

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, during drop-in hours at Counseling Services on the 3rd floor of the CSU Health and Medical Center. 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 drop in at Counseling Services on the 3rd floor of CSU Health and Medical Center (or call 970-491-6053 for a phone screen) during business hours and go through the “initial screen” to get set up for a counseling appointment.


Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention of College Students (BASICS) is an assessment and alcohol use intervention program that is designed to motivate students to reduce risky behaviors, convey factual information regarding alcohol, and correct common myths. BASICS is conducted over the course of two individual, in-person interviews. During the first meeting, students provide an in-depth substance use history and participate in a discussion about their specific goals. Upon leaving their first meeting, students are asked to complete a piece of “homework” before the next session. Students may be assigned to take an accurate inventory of substance use during the following month or assigned a DAY Programs psycho-educational workshop. The second meeting with the counselor takes place approximately four weeks later after the homework assignment has been completed. Students will leave the program with a better understanding of their own use patterns and learn strategies to decrease the risks of negative consequences to use. Cost: $100 for mandated students and no cost for voluntary students

Taking Steps

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: $135

Open to Change (OTC) Track A

Open to Change Track A is an approximately 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 is designed to reduce the overall harm and negative consequences students experience as a direct result of their substance use. The first goal of the program is to allow students to take a “time out” from alcohol and other drug use, during which time students reflect on the role alcohol and other drugs have played for them and develop skills to help make clearer decisions in the future. The second goal of the program is to review academic goals, develop skills to successfully achieve those goals, and create an intentional plan that provides a clear road map to graduation. Goals and interventions to meet those goals are revisited and revised throughout the program. All students will have an individual clinician, an individual case manager, participate in a weekly group, and participate in academic skill development activities. Cost: $250 PLUS the cost of testing

Open to Change (OTC) Track B

The Open to Change Track B program is leveraged development and treatment for students suspended 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. Students will build skills or self-reflection, risk management, and emotion management.
Upon completion of an individually tailored contract, the Open to Change Track B program is organized in three phases plus an after-care program. The first phase of the program focuses heavily on an initial comprehensive intake assessment and transitioning to abstinence. The second phase is designed to empower students to explore their value system and align values with behaviors to help students meet their academic and life goals. Phase three enables students to transition out of the structure of the program and to empower personal decision-making and realistic goals around substance use. Students are supported by a clinician, case manager, group treatment, and academic supports. Cost: $150/month for the duration of the program, PLUS the cost of testing

Psycho-Educational Workshops

DAY Programs offers a variety of topical workshops to help students gain awareness in particular competency areas. Refer to the “Group Workshops” section of the Groups and Workshops page for available dates and times for the current semester. 

  • LiveSafe 101

This is a one-time, 2.5-hour session 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. Students leave the workshop with a better understanding of alcohol’s role in society and in their own lives. Cost: $45 for mandated students and no cost for voluntary students

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs: The Mind Body Connection

This workshop helps students better understand the continuum of substance use from abstinence, social use, to abuse, and addiction. Student s will also be given tools to assess their own use on the continuum. We will discuss the cycle of addiction, and problem indicators as well as the relationship between substances and our physical bodies. Cost: There is no cost for this workshop.

  • Anger Management

This interactive workshop hopes to create a safe space for students to explore their own individual experiences of anger while also hearing from the experiences of others. Together we look more in depth at anger, including when it is appropriate, and when does it cause harm to ourselves, others, or our relationships. Students will learn to better understand triggers and physical cues that enable us to know we are experiencing anger as well as deepen our understanding of the true feelings that are underneath the anger. With all this awareness we also learn Cognitive Restructuring and different coping strategies to regulate ourselves and develop healthier relationships without blowing up or shutting down. Cost: There is no cost for this workshop

  • CannaBiz 101

This 2-hour workshop is held in a small group, nonjudgmental format that includes lively and stimulating discussion challenging social, interpersonal, and academic influences cannabis has in our culture.  Topics include but are not limited to interaction cannabis has on the brain and body, current laws and policies, effect on relationships, academics, and mental health.  Cost:  $45 for mandated students and no cost for voluntary students 

  • Gender Workshop (male-identified students only)

Messages about gender are everywhere we look. Music, movies, our friends and families. They are pervasive and powerful. So how do these messages change how we act, feel, and relate to one another? “Bro-culture” and “toxic-masculinity” are talked about a lot these days, but what do these terms mean? This workshop will focus in on the messages we experience in society about male-identified people. We will also develop strategies to “break free” from the constraints of the “gender box” so we can minimize the harm to men and the people around them. Cost: There is no cost for this workshop

  • Risk Management 101

The Risk Management workshop will explore the different facets of risk and learn tools to reduce or remove different risk factors. Students will gain tools in assessing risk at parties, in relationships, in their living situations, and in themselves. The participants will also learn how thinking errors might be used to justify high-risk substance use. The participants will 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. Once risks have been identified, the group will discuss the ways to reduce the risks they take on with substance use to limit negative consequences in the future. Cost: There is no cost for this workshop

  • Stages of Change

What would you like to change? What is change? How 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), the group will learn about the process of change and how to apply it to their lives. Students can come to this workshop to look at any kind of change they would like to make in their life. Cost: There is no cost for this workshop

  • Strengths

This workshop focuses on the work of Martin Seligman who became president of the APA in 1998. He was famous for leading the field of positive psychology and crafting 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. Cost: There is no cost for this workshop

  • Values Clarification

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, happier, and at lower 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. Cost: There is no cost for this workshop

  • Who Am I?

This Student Development Workshop will explore specific layers of personal identity. This workshop is all about the participant and their experiences. Workshop members will gain knowledge of one specific student development theory which is a platform to share more about the participant’s own experiences while in college. Students will be exposed to concepts and language to help foster insight and understanding of how identity is impacted by the college experience. The workshop concludes with ideas that support ongoing insight and development opportunities. Cost: There is no cost for this workshop