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.

The 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. The student will also complete a 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.

To schedule an appointment, call 828.251.6520 or stop by Counseling Services at 118 at W. T. Weaver Blvd. **(Please note that we have a $15 no-show fee for missed substance-use assessments, so make sure to cancel your appointment 24 hours in advance, if you can’t make it).  

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