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Substance Use

If you have concerns about your alcohol use, we highly recommend that you contact the Office of Alcohol Policy and Education (OAPE) about drinking on college campuses.

For advice on looking out for your friends, visit OAPE's website.

Substance Use Evaluation

CAPS provides substance abuse assessments, brief individual therapy, and/or referrals for all students concerned about their substance use. Our goal is to provide a collaborative and non-judgmental environment to openly explore alcohol and/or other drug use. Using the principles of motivational interviewing, CAPS therapists emphasize partnerships that respect your expertise, values, perspectives, and intrinsic motivation. Services are designed to meet individualized needs.

CAPS does not provide court mandated therapy. As with all mental health services, CAPS substance abuse services are strictly confidential. 

Students interested in an evaluation should contact CAPS at 650-723-3785 to schedule an intake appointment.


These sites include a variety of resources explaining how drugs work and why people use them.

  • Dancesafe is a nonprofit, harm-reduction organization that promotes health and safety within the rave and nightclub community. 
  • Club Drugs is the official government site. It focuses on myths and realities of club drug use.
  • Treatment 4 Addiction is a national directory of treatment centers including SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), many private treatment centers, therapists and addiction professionals.
  • Drug Policy Alliance is the national leading organization working to end the war on drugs. It also promotes new drug policies based on common sense, science, public health and human rights.
  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse is the official U.S. Government information site on drugs.
  • Student Counseling Virtual Pamphlet Collection provides information pamphlets from university counseling services across the country.
  • American Psychological Association offers self-help brochures on mental health and psychological issues, including drug abuse.