College can be challenging for those in recovery. In addition to the struggles of balancing coursework, living away from home, new relationships and working their recovery program, these students must contend with the college environment— often unofficially organized around alcohol and other drug use. Simply put, college is not typically a recovery-supportive environment.
Our Collegiate Recovery Community offers an alternative. The CRC offers a supportive environment within the campus culture that reinforces the decision to disengage from addictive behaviors. A community of peers with shared experiences, goals, and values around recovery are there for support. Educational opportunities combined with recovery support help ensure that students do not have to sacrifice one for the other. Accountability is reinforced through other members of the CRC and program staff. The CRC offers a normative college experience apart from the culture of drinking and substance use that is present on today’s campuses.