Substance Use Services

Student Health and Wellness provides a continuum of substance use resources, trainings, education, services, and programs to meet students where they are and with what they need.

Self-Help Resources

Therapy Assistance Online

  • An app-based, free self-help program with an engaging online library of interactive programs to help you learn life skills, increase knowledge, and practice strategies to help you be well.  Specific modules focused on substance use, recovery, and sobriety. 

Wellbeing Screening Tool

  • Short 5-10 minute confidential screening tool to help identify possible health and wellness issues that may be affecting you and your success at ISU.  Provides students will personalized feedback and wellbeing scores, and connects you to resources.  Includes questions about substance use.

Brief Online Programs (Cannabis)

  • This online tool is a personalized, evidence-based program focused on marijuana (cannabis) use.  You will receive personalized feedback on your use and ways you can reduce harm connected to use. 

Community Based Prevention and Outreach

 Safer Partying Education

  • The “Let’s be Frank” campaign is an educational campaign focused on safer party going and party hosting.  It also provides training on bystander intervention skills and provides resources for students to reduce harm around alcohol use if they choose to drink.

Substance Free Programming


  • This is a required online program for all incoming new direct from high school students and new transfer students to ISU.  AlcoholEdu is a science-based, interactive online program that provides students with important, reliable information on alcohol use.

Substance Use Outreach and Bystander Intervention Education

  • Student Health and Wellness provides three different substance use trainings for students, faculty, and staff.
    • Let’s Be Frank: Safer Partying
      • This facilitation is an honest, nonjudgmental facilitation focused on substance use.  Students learn bystander intervention techniques on how to recognize signs of alcohol poisoning and harmful drinking and practice building skills in helping connect another person to resources.  Students will engage in discussions and scenario activities.  
    • Substances and You
      • Students will learn more about substance use, how to identify signs and symptoms of substance dependence or addition, and learning more about harm reduction, recovery support, and campus resources.  
    • Recovery Ally Training
      • Learn more about how to support any individual on ISU campus in recovery or seeking recovery.  Learn skills and information to enhance your awareness about individuals in recovery and skills to practice your recovery allyship. 

Annual Policy Notice

  • Required annual notice to students on Alcohol and Other Drug programs, resources, and policies. 

Peer Support

Peer Organization (Rootless) & Social Programming

  • Rootless is an officially recognized ISU Student Organization, focused on peer support, social programming, and community building for students in recovery, seeking recovery, who have a connection to recovery in their lives (e.g. loved ones, friends), and who are allies of others in recovery.  They do weekly substance free activities and social programs. 

All Recovery Weekly Meetings

  • These are peer led mutual aid meetings, for students in recovery, seeking recovery, have a connection to recovery in their lives (loved ones, friends, etc.), and those who support a recovery lifestyle.  The focus is on peer connection, peer support, and building community.


  • Thrive@ISU is a confidential program to help students identify areas of their wellbeing that may be affecting their experience at ISU and to help facilitate a student driven action plan to help them Thrive!  Thrive@ISU is NOT counseling or medical treatment. Rather, it is a student to student program focused on providing a safe, confidential space for students to learn about areas of wellbeing that may be affecting students, to learn about resources of support available, and to help students generate action steps. Students who enroll in the program will complete a confidential wellbeing survey and complete a reflection activity. Then, students will meet one on one with a Thrive@ISU student to help them create a self-driven plan.

Face to Face Brief Support

Substance Use Screening

  • A brief self-report questionnaire used to explore alcohol and substance use.

Individual Recovery Coaching

  • Collegiate Recovery Community Recovery Coaching is a free service provided to students in recovery or seeking recovery who are looking to enhance their overall well-being as part of their recovery journey.  Recovery Coaching includes one on one conversations with Collegiate Recovery Community staff. These are strength based, peer led conversations where the student and CRC staff member discuss goals and strategies that the student wants to focus on for the year.  Students complete a plan they will use to guide them during the year to help them accomplish their self-identified goals.

BASICS (Alcohol and Cannabis)

  • Brief Alcohol and Screening Intervention for College Students (BASICS) is a harm reduction intervention for college students to help students work toward reducing harmful effects of their alcohol and/or cannabis use.  BASICS is a 2 session program, delivered by graduate students, and uses an empathetic, non-judgmental style to help meet students where they are at with their alcohol and/or cannabis use.  BASICS sessions are confidential. Students receive personalized feedback and process with the BASICS practitioner to identify strategies and goals make positive change.

Substance Use & You Workshop

  • This is a three week workshop that will provide students with psychoeducation, self-assessment tools, recovery skills, community resources, and strategies for success regarding their relationship with alcohol and other substances.

Specialty Services and Referral

Substance Use Assessment

  • Interview-style assessment with a counselor to evaluate impact of alcohol or substance use and help make recommendations for additional support.

Individual Substance Abuse Counseling

  • 1:1 counseling sessions geared toward identifying problematic use, setting goals for modifying or abstaining from use, and gaining coping skills and support around recovery

Group Substance Abuse Counseling (Coming Spring 2022)

  • Evidence-based curriculum providing psychoeducation around substance use and recovery, limited to 9 students learning and supporting one another. Facilitated by a counselor.

Referral to Community-Based Substance Abuse Treatment

  • Connection to Ames and surrounding area community based treatment programs.

Medication Assisted Therapy (Thielen Student Health Center)

  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.