Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention


Creating a Healthy Environment.

Colorado School of Mines is committed to maintaining an environment that supports and promotes healthy lifestyles including the academic and personal development of all members of the university community. Our goal is to reduce high-risk drinking behaviors, substance abuse, and the misuse of prescription medication within the Mines student community.

The unlawful presence and irresponsible use of alcohol and other drugs impacts the health and development of the community as a whole and its individual members. The assist in that effort, Colorado School of Mines will provide consistent educational programming and resources to create an environment that champions the well-being of Mines’ students related to alcohol and other drugs. Through partnerships with the Golden community, faculty, staff and students, we will increase responsible decision-making and healthy choices within the student body.

Mines for Recovery and Awareness

For the spring semester, meetings take place every Thursday from 4-5pm in the Wellness Center 2nd Floor Conference Room. (Straight across from the stairs/elevator on the 2nd floor.) Can’t make a meeting? Schedule a Peer Listening session with MFRA Group Lead, Amanda Camarata, on the Peer Listening webpage.

We recognize the unique journeys individuals take in exploring their relationship with alcohol and drugs. Mines for Recovery and Awareness seeks to provide an inclusive and compassionate space for all students, whether you’re sober-curious, sober by choice, in recovery, or simply seeking to better understand and support those around you.

Mines for Recovery and Awareness aims to:

  • Offer a platform for Mines students to share and receive peer support in an understanding environment.
  • Create awareness and foster conversations about choices related to alcohol and drugs.

We warmly invite the following students:
i. Those in recovery.
ii. Individuals exploring their relationship with alcohol/drugs.
iii. Anyone curious about or questioning their alcohol/drug habits.
iv. Those who have experienced challenges with substance use.
v. Persons eager to gain insights to help a friend, peer, or family member.

Our community is voluntary, respects anonymity, and is driven by both students and Mines alumni. Please join us! Please complete this confidential interest form so that we can get a better sense of what this community needs. You can also leave your email address to be kept up-to-date about upcoming events.

A.S.A.P. Committee

Emma Griffis, Student Wellness Promotion & Education

Sterling Fabinski, Counseling Center

Dustin Olson, Mines Police

Sam Ralston, Community Standards

Kyle Dupper, Fraternity & Sorority Life

Lonni Woodruff, Student Outreach & Support

Julie Thorpe, Residence Life

Bryttani Watson, Student Wellness Promotion & Education

Ben Stern, Undergraduate Student Government

Resources for Students

Recovery Resources

Mines Alcohol Policies

Resources for Parents

Fentanyl Resources