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: $275 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: $275 for the first month and then $100/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. 

  • Live Safe 

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:  $65 for mandated students and no cost for voluntary students

  • Anger Management

This one-on-one workshop will help students take a deeper dive into understanding anger, including when it is appropriate or useful, 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 other coping strategies to regulate our emotions and develop healthier relationships without blowing up or shutting down.  Cost:  There is no cost for this one-on-one workshop

  • CannaBiz 

This 2.0-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:  $65 for mandated students and no cost for voluntary students

  • Understanding Gender Socialization (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 one-on-one 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 one-on-one workshop

  • Creating Change

There comes a time for all of us when, either through self-reflection or experience, we decide we must change something in our lives.  Quitting a “bad” habit, ending a relationship, building new skills, improving the way we feel.  But change is hard, and we often try several times to make a change happen (if it ever happens at all).  This workshop will help unravel the mystery of change.  Students will learn about the process of change, identify barriers, and begin building a plan to make a change and make it stick.  Cost:  There is no cost for this workshop

  • Exploring Substance Use

This workshop focuses on the way alcohol and other drugs work in the mind and body.  We will discuss dopamine reward pathways and the relationship between substances and our physical bodies.  Students will learn to evaluate and assess potential consequences associated with substance use and learn tools to reduce or remove these variables in the future.  Students will be able to understand the continuum of substance use and will also be given resources to assess their own use on this continuum.  Cost:  There is no cost for this workshop

  • Self-Exploration

The Self-Exploration Workshop invites you to examine your values and identity so you can gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of self.  Knowing and accepting our self improves self-esteem, communication, and our relationships with others.  This workshop covers theories of development, values clarification, and decision-making skills.  Students will be exposed to concepts and language that fosters insight and understanding of how identity is impacted by the college experience.  The workshop will help students clarify values and then understand how to use those values to make decisions.  We will use a mix of teaching and hands-on activities (always challenge by choice) to encourage self-reflection.  Students will leave the workshop with a better understanding of themselves and how to reach their dreams.  Cost:  There is no cost for this workshop

  • Strengths

This one-on-one workshop is designed to help students identify and build upon their natural strengths to work towards personal growth.  From a young age, we devote a lot of brain space to our shortcomings rather than our assets and natural abilities.  Focusing on building upon the innate strengths we already have, rather than spending time on our deficits, allows us to grow and develop more effectively and intentionally.  We often describe strengths on a surface level, such as being “smart”, “hard working”, or a “good person”.  The goal of this workshop is to gain a deeper, more nuanced understanding of our strengths to use them more effectively in relationships, school, or work.  When we spend time fostering our strengths it can help to improve confidence, direction, hope, and kindness towards others. Cost: There is no cost for this one-on-one workshop

    • Instructions Prior to Strengths Appointment:
      • You are required to complete an online survey prior to scheduling your Strengths appointment.  Please go to:  https://www.viacharacter.org/. Click “take the free survey” at the top. You will be prompted to create an account in order to access the survey.  When you receive your results, please record them and bring them to your appointment. It can be helpful to print off the PDF provided at the end of the survey, however, taking a screenshot or writing down at least your top 5 strengths is necessary for your appointment