Substance Abuse Services

The UNC Asheville Health & Counseling Center is committed to helping you achieve academic success by supporting your physical, emotional/mental and spiritual health. We want you to learn, grow, and have fun during your time at UNC Asheville. Substance use and abuse can sometimes undermine student success and diminish potential.

We offer confidential assessments and ongoing counseling where students have the opportunity to address concerns regarding use of alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, other substances, and even compulsive behaviors such as gambling and on-line gaming.

Students say they value substance use/abuse specific counseling because they know it is a “judgement free zone” where they can talk about issues, ask questions, explore options, and get accurate information. Our goal is for our students to have the knowledge they need to make well informed decisions and know how to minimize risk.

We have a licensed substance abuse counselor on staff who will meet with you to discuss your concerns and provide feedback. If you decide you want to make changes the counselor can help you develop and implement a plan and can help you connect with resources and support in the community if needed.

Level II Substance Use Assessments

Level II assessments are a required sanction for students who receive a second citation for code of conduct violation related to alcohol and/or other drugs and are required to meet with a substance abuse counselor for an assessment. We offer these confidential assessments at no charge and can also assist you in finding an off-campus assessment if you prefer.

The purpose of the assessment is to give the student an opportunity to evaluate their choices and actions related to receiving a citation. The student will be asked to identify behavioral changes they want to make and create a plan for change. The counselor will provide the student with information, feedback, and recommendations as appropriate.


To schedule your Level II Assessment, here are the steps to take:

1.  Set up an account on your student health portal. This is where you will fill out all necessary paperwork to be seen at the Health and Counseling Center.

2. Call and schedule your Level II Assessment with the Health and Counseling Center.

3. Plan on arriving 30 minutes prior to your Level II Assessment appointment to complete an intake form in the waiting room.

Please cancel or reschedule your appointments 24 hours in advance.  A missed appointment/no-show fee will be added to your account. This no-show fee policy is designed to ensure that our campus resources are used most effectively.


The Level II assessment is completed over the course of two sessions that are scheduled two weeks apart.  Prior to the first appointment, the student will complete the Counseling Services general intake form in the Health and Counseling Center (why you need to show up 30 minutes early).

BEFORE you come to the Level II Assessment, please print off and complete the following three worksheets:  brief written exercise and two short questionnaires: Cannabis Use Questionnaire & Problematic Experiences Regarding Alcohol & Drug Use.


During the first session the student will be asked to identify a specific behavior they want to change related to alcohol and/or other drugs. Between sessions, the student will have the opportunity to implement a change plan that will be developed with the help of the counselor.

When both sessions are completed, the counselor will provide the student with documentation verifying attendance and completion of the assessment process. The student can then present that document to their judicial contact in Residential Education. Confidentiality is the foundation of counseling. No information about the outcome of the assessment will be shared without signed permission by the student

Online Resources for Alcohol and Other Drug Concerns

​Online Resources for Behavioral Addictions

Gambling Addiction and Problem Gambling How to Stop Gambling and Regain Control of Your Life

Smartphone Addiction While a smartphone, tablet, or computer can be a hugely productive tool, compulsive use of these devices can interfere with work, school, and relationships

Internet Porn Addiction