Joan & Tom Skoro Collegiate Recovery Community

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Joan & Tom Skoro Collegiate Recovery Community

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We are invested in supporting each other in our recovery journey. 

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The Memorial Union is hosting meetings for those interested in recovery programs during the 2023-2024 academic year. Access the current schedule below.

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The Joan & Tom Skoro Collegiate Recovery Community

College is a place to live and learn independently.

College is a place to live and learn independently. For some students, the transition may involve high-risk drinking or other substance use. Some students decide to abstain from substance use. Reasons may include harm reduction goals, health and wellness, or even recovering from a substance use disorder. Still others, start college life already committed to long-term recovery. There can often be a general lack of understanding about substance use, harm reduction or recovery among college students that can be stigmatizing. The Joan & Tom Skoro Collegiate Recovery Community aims to provide an open environment that works to actively and deliberately increase awareness and decrease stigma, while promoting help-seeking for students at OSU who are seeking recovery support, harm reduction, or struggling with substance use and its potential barriers to academic, social, mental, physical, cultural, spiritual and overall well-being. If you are a student on our campus with questions or looking for support please contact us at [email protected].

We are here for you.

History

In 2013, Oregon State took steps toward meeting the needs of students in recovery from substance use disorders by launching a Collegiate Recovery Community funded in part by Pepsi through the OSU Beverage Partnership.

The Joan & Tom Skoro Collegiate Recovery Community provides an opportunity for students to enjoy a social life with additional support in a recovery-first environment. In 2016, the program expanded to include a donor-funded Recovery Living Community in partnership with University Housing & Dining Services.

About the CRC

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About the CRC

What is the Joan & Tom Skoro Collegiate Recovery Community?

We believe that students in recovery should have a college environment free from shame and stigma, with support and services tailored to their needs and designed with the aid of other students in recovery.  

Through the Joan & Tom Skoro Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) we provide a nurturing environment in which students recovering from substance use disorders obtain recovery support while working towards their collegiate goals. Participation in the CRC opens new opportunities for long-term academic and career growth. New social and professional networks, activities and events help students to build positive life skills while they are supported in their decision to live a life in recovery. The CRC offers students a “typical” college experience without the burden of alcohol or other drugs.

The CRC is not a treatment facility or a halfway house. We do not provide residential or outpatient treatment or work with government entities such as drug court, probation, or parole. We support students at Oregon State University with one or more days of sobriety who want to remain drug- and alcohol-free.

Mission statement

The mission of the Joan & Tom Skoro Collegiate Recovery Community is to provide engaging and understanding support to Oregon State University students in recovery or who are contemplating entering into recovery.

Our recovery community is rooted in the belief that no student should feel alone and that every student should receive the support they need, in the way they need it, from the people that they find most comfortable. We are here to support the individual student's efforts in their recovery, academics, and continued success through strong and responsive recovery support.

Our doors are open to anyone who is looking for support.

Goals
  1. Create holistic and responsive support for students in recovery from addiction. This support will take the shape of a unified community that not only strengthens a student's sobriety, but also supports their success as students, leaders, and community members at Oregon State University.
  2. Ensure that both prospective and current students are aware of the Joan & Tom Skoro Collegiate Recovery Community and the benefits it offers, as well as viewing all of OSU as a recovery-supportive home.
  3. Reducing stigma associated with addiction and recovery by expanding and enhancing existing campus-wide dialogue around these issues, including increasing the normalization of the sober student experience.

MEMBER-DEFINED VALUES:

The CRC considers all of its members as part of its family.

We are invested in supporting each other in our journey in sobriety. We are a unified community that holds one another accountable for remaining true to the community's cause and the individual member's stated values.

Our community is built on the trust each once of us has that we all will treat one another with respect.

We are committed to remain open to new and different paths to recovery and will not judge others for their approach. Our community is a safe space, and it is also place to be brave when we are ready. We are committed to sustaining this environment.

As a community we recognize that individuals in recovery will flourish when the mind, body, and soul are nurtured.

Our community commits to partnering with campus and community organizations to create programs that will strengthen our member's recovery and ability to succeed as students at OSU.

Why CRCs Work

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Why CRCs Work

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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.

The Joan & Tom Skoro 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.

   

 

Research

Alexandre B. Laudet received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to research CRCs and the impact on students.

  

 

Relapse

Study participant CRCs had an average length of sobriety of 16 months. The range of sobriety was one month to 16.7 years.

The mean student relapse was eight percent. This is impressive, given that the average relapse rate during the first year of sobriety can be as high as 90 percent, depending on the study.

  

 

Academic success, retention, graduation

Students active in CRCs demonstrate higher GPAs and better retention and graduation rates.

These students succeed in the classroom and are positive additions to the campus.

  

Get Involved in CRC

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Get Involved in CRC

In recovery and want to join?

We invite current or prospective Oregon State students in recovery to become members of our community. Email [email protected] for information. 

Not in recovery but want to get involved?

We welcome students with an interest in recovery and a desire to reduce the stigma surrounding those affected by substance use disorders. To learn how you can support the CRC, contact us!

Contact information

  [email protected]

  541-737-9355

Become a CRC Member

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Become a CRC Member

Join us!

Interested in becoming a Joan & Tom Skoro Collegiate Recovery Community member? Please send as an email!

Newcomer

Are you new to or contemplating recovery? If you’d like to participate in the CRC you must be:

  • Currently enrolled at OSU
  • Demonstrate a strong desire to stay sober
  • Maintain sobriety at all CRC programs

 

Member

Our members must:

  • Be currently enrolled at OSU
  • Have at least one day of sobriety
  • Be committed to recovery
  • Have satisfied the CRC admissions requirements

Benefits include:

  • Access to all CRC programming
  • Governance/leadership opportunities
  • Resources training
  • Opportunity to become a mentor
  • Opportunity to train newcomers and other members

CRC Services and Resources

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CRC Services and Resources

What we offer

Recreational events and activities, skill-building and educational programs are just a start.

We have weekly meetings, movie nights, camping trips, barbecues, personal and professional development seminars and Adventure Leadership retreats through the Department of Recreational Sports. Most importantly, you’ll meet peers in recovery who can be a source of understanding and support.

Mentorship and fellowship are the key for many who are successful in recovery. Studies have found that these practices are linked to longer periods of sobriety.

Frequently Asked Questions About the CRC

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Frequently Asked Questions About the CRC

From our students:

  • “Recovery is a state of mind characterized by abstinence from alcohol, drugs, and behaviors that have caused problems for people previously, to the point where a person desires and actively seeks out a new way of life."
  • “This new way of life is characterized by a strong desire to stay sober, participating in growth opportunities for one’s mental health (such as working a program of sobriety like the twelve steps, faith-based healing, SMART, or CBT)."
  • “Recovery is not the same for everyone; no two people lead the same recovery lifestyle. People are invited to use the tools and skills that keep them sober and happy with their lives."
  • “However, the common theme of all people in recovery is abstinence from addictive behaviors, such as consumption of alcohol and drugs of abuse (including marijuana and all legal and illegal drugs of abuse, excluding caffeine and nicotine and drugs taken for legitimate medical reasons), addictive sexual behavior, and any behaviors that cause physical harm which is a danger to sobriety.”

No. Recovery is based on complete abstinence from alcohol, drugs, and problematic behaviors.

Individuals may return to use (where they end up drinking or using) but the purpose of recovery is to learn to live life sober—in a healthy, sustainable, and enjoyable way.

Moderation involves reducing your frequency and/or quantity of alcohol or other substances in order to reduce negative impacts on other aspects of your life.

Recovery starts with recognition of a physiological disorder and the negative effect of mood-altering substances which lead to cravings, loss of inhibitions and the inability to moderate. Recovery means abstinence from alcohol and other substances.

People in recovery recognize that their body reacts differently to substances.

Those in recovery are often able to exert willpower successfully in other aspects of their lives, they have seen through past experience that they do not consume or think about substances the same way as others. People in recovery have admitted to themselves that they have no willpower or self-control when they are not engaging in a sober lifestyle.

As a result, people in recovery live according to a sober lifestyle. They have regained the willpower to run their life as they desire, free of substances.

Think of an ecosystem as a helpful analogy.

Humans are generally at the top of the ecosystem. They can exert themselves and their willpower however they wish within this ecosystem, with moderate to great success. This is mostly true for people in recovery, except that substances are at the top of the ecosystem.

Substances, when taken, have control—not because of a lack of willpower but because of a different physiological makeup. Their body chemistry does not respond well to substances, like an allergy of the mind and body. The only way for the recovering person to live successfully in such an ecosystem is to avoid substances.

Tell them you would like to hear from them about how you can best support their recovery process.

It is an acronym for Collegiate Recovery Community.

A CRC is organized at a university to meet the unique needs of students in recovery. It offers space for recovery-oriented meetings, opportunities for sober activities, enhanced academic support and a community of peers.

There is no one standard method for how people start and maintain their recovery.

The most commonly used methods include:

  • 12-step format (Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, etc.) 
  • SMART recovery
  • cognitive behavioral therapy
  • faith-based recovery

Anonymity helps to protect the privacy of people in recovery.

While recovery is generally viewed as a proud aspect of an individual’s life, they may not want to talk about it with everyone, especially those outside of recovery. This is especially true for people who are new in their recovery. Those early in their recovery have adopted a new identity for themselves and may not be comfortable discussing it outside of a confidential, anonymous environment.

Unfortunately, there is still stigma surrounding being in recovery. The general public doesn’t fully understand what it means to be in recovery and can be judgmental.

Anonymity is also important because no one person should be the “poster child” for recovery. There are many faces, styles and facets of recovery.

Many of the same things people who are not in recovery do with their free time. They just do it sober.

Yes, very reliable. As part of the recovery lifestyle, many individuals take great pride in setting and achieving goals in school and the workplace, aiming to give 100 percent every day.

Individuals in recovery place great emphasis on serving others, as a part of staying sober. This means more than community service once a month. It means being available for friends, family, your boss or coworkers, to help whenever possible. It means keeping commitments and being willing to do everything within your power to help another person.

People must assess this for themselves, based on their security in their recovery, their time sober, general mood at the time and the reasons for being in such a setting.

A person in recovery should feel reasonably safe and comfortable in these situations if they have a good reason for being there (such as a work social/function or formal dinner with family) and if the situation is generally free of excessive use of alcohol or other substances.

It may be important for the recovering individual to have a planned method of exit, should they find the situation is overly challenging to their sobriety or healthy coping strategies.

For many young people in recovery, going to college seems like an impossible dream. College culture, historically, has been riddled with drug and alcohol abuse. This is not a conducive environment for recovery.

Oregon State wants to change that dynamic.

We want students from all walks of life to feel safe and supported on campus. We offer services and housing available to support recovery and social outlets that do not pose a risk for return to use. Students in recovery, overall, demonstrate high levels of academic performance, achievement and a desire to lead and serve others. These students make the campus a better place for others.

Young people in recovery are very much like their peers. They need a lot of the same types of academic and social support, but they also need support for their sobriety.

College campuses are not typically safe places to get and stay sober. Students may fear social stigma, loss of friends or loss of social activities. Students in recovery deserve a great college experience just as much as anyone else.

They deserve support that meets their unique needs. The number of services provided by our Collegiate Recovery Community continue to grow. And through the CRC, Oregon State not only supports the needs of students in recovery but reinforces sobriety on campus as an enjoyable, cherished and admirable way of life.

Weekly Recovery Meetings

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Weekly Recovery Meetings

Special note to students, staff, and the community: Meetings will not take place during OSU holidays and Corvallis campus closures. We do not anticipate this to impede recovery support services. We encourage students, staff and the surrounding community to engage with and access alternative meetings and means of recovery support on days when Oregon State meetings are unavailable. Please feel free to reach out with questions or feedback.
Anyone is welcome to join the following meetings held in the Memorial Union
For Collegiate Recovery Community membership interests, and more information on the Thursday CRC meeting, please send us an email!

Recovery Dharma

This meeting has been temporarily discontinued on Sundays.

Recovery Dharma is a peer-led, grass-roots, democratically-structured organization. Their mission is to support individuals on a path of recovery from substance use using Buddhist practices and principles.

For more information visit: www.buddhistrecovery.org

* Not an OSU affiliated meeting.

Happy Destiny LGBTQQIP2SAA

This meeting has been temporarily discontinued on Sundays.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international fellowship of people who have had a drinking problem. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about their drinking problem.

For more information visit: https://aaoregon-district21.org/what-is-aa/

* Not an OSU affiliated meeting.

SMART Recovery

Tuesdays 6-7 p.m.
Memorial Union, Room 222 

SMART Recovery is a fresh approach to recovery from substance use. SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. This is more than an acronym: it is a transformative method of moving from harmful substances and negative behaviors to a life of positive self-regard and willingness to change.

For more information visit: www.smartrecovery.org/about-us

* Not an OSU affiliated meeting.

Recovery Dharma

Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
This meeting has moved to the First Christian Church - 602 SW Madison Avenue in Corvallis 

Recovery Dharma is a peer-led, grass-roots, democratically-structured organization. Their mission is to support individuals on a path of recovery from substance use using Buddhist practices and principles.

For more information visit: www.buddhistrecovery.org

* Not an OSU affiliated meeting.

OSU Collegiate Recovery

Thursdays 6-7 p.m. (for students)
Memorial Union, Room 222

Join the Joan & Tom Skoro Collegiate Recovery Community at Oregon State University for our weekly open mutual support group. This meeting is geared toward any student in or seeking recovery from alcohol and other substance use.

NA Carrying the Message

This meeting has been temporarily discontinued on Fridays.

The Narcotics Anonymous message is that a person, any person, can stop using substances, lose the desire to use substances and find a new way to live.

For more information visit: lbana.org/meetings

* Not an OSU affiliated meeting.

Wellbriety

This meeting has been temporarily discontinued on Saturdays.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international fellowship of people who have had a drinking problem. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about their drinking problem.

For more information visit: https://aaoregon-district21.org/what-is-aa/

* Not an OSU affiliated meeting.