Collegiate Recovery Community

The Clubhouse is open in Dixon Lodge

Dixon Lodge is located at SW Jefferson and 11th. Access the CRC Clubhouse from the east side of Dixon Lodge via the glass door facing into the quad, labeled “Clubhouse” (not pictured).

The Clubhouse is open for public coffee hours for students, staff, faculty and community members! See our current coffee hours to the right.

Become a member 

College is a place to live and learn independently.

For some students, this transition involves high-risk drinking and drug use. Other students decide they will abstain from alcohol or other drug use due to addiction. Still others start college life already active in their sobriety. The general lack of understanding about addiction among college students can be stigmatizing. Statements like “Everyone drinks in college” are not uncommon. The early years in college are often dangerous for students who have been in recovery from addiction. Maintaining a lifestyle in recovery may feel at odds with the “typical” college experience.

We’re here to help.


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

The Collegiate Recovery Community provides an opportunity for students to enjoy a typical college 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 and Dining Services.

The CRC provides its members and residents with:
  • A 24/7 Clubhouse with:
    • Safe, sober place for members
    • Recovery-oriented meetings
    • Study space
    • Lounge
    • Kitchen
    • Coffee and tea
    • Locker space
  • 24/7 support from members and staff
  • Academic advising
  • Sober events
  • A tight-knit fellowship of students in recovery



"[We] have a tight bond, we look out for each other, we are available for our friends in recovery 24/7, no matter what."

About the CRC

What is the 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 our Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) we provide a nurturing environment in which students recovering from addiction 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 three or more months of sobriety who want to remain drug- and alcohol-free.

Mission statement

The mission of the 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.


  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 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.

The values of the Collegiate Recovery Community are defined by the members and reflect what they believe is important for a recovery support program.

These values are the core beliefs of our program and are what help us attain our mission. Our values define our culture and our community:

The family that you choose

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.

    CRC advisory board

    Upon inception in September 2012, the advisory board sought to create and implement a plan for a CRC on Oregon State’s campus. The advisory board created a vision for OSU’s Collegiate Recovery Community, to best meet the unique needs of our student body. The community was inspired by different aspects of recovery community programs at the University of VermontAugsberg CollegeTexas Tech University, and Rutgers University.

    Board members

    • Sara Caldwell-Kan (Peer Wellness Specialist)
    • Karen Chrisman (Medical Records Specialist)
    • Karen Elliott (Public Health Instructor)
    • Gerry Frank (Housing & Dining Maintenance)
    • Jenny Haubenreiser (SHS Executive Director)
    • Raphelle Rhoads (Student Conduct & Community Standards)
    • John Ruyak (Alcohol, Drug, and Recovery Specialist)
    • Cathy Sullivan (Fitness Services and Education)
    • Jim Gouveia (CAPS Counselor)
    • Jay Vandenbogaard (Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor)
    • Sam McMorran (Disability Access Services)

    Why CRCs Work


    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.


    Alexandre B. Laudet received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to research CRCs and the impact on students. The data below summarizes students in 26 different recovery programs in the United States.


    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

    In recovery and want to join?

    We invite current or prospective Oregon State students in recovery to become members of our community. See our admissions guidelines and requirements for membership to the CRC.

    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 addiction. To learn how you can support the CRC, contact us!


    Contact information

    John Ruyak

    Alcohol, drug and recovery specialist
    (541) 737-1184

    Become a CRC Member

    Join us!

    Interested in becoming a CRC member and/or resident of Dixon Lodge? Please:


    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

    Newcomers have access to the Clubhouse during open events and meetings. To learn more, come to our free public coffee hours. Please see the sidebar for dates and times, or email us for a list of upcoming events or to speak with someone about getting involved.

    Provisional member

    Early in your recovery and already familiar with the CRC?

    Provisional members must:

    Benefits include:

    • Clubhouse access Mon.-Fri., 8 am to 5 pm and whenever full members are present
    • 24/7 Clubhouse access after 90 days of sobriety
    • CRC programming and meetings
    • Governance/leadership opportunities
    • Resources training

    * Interested students please email us.


    Currently in recovery and sober more than 3 months? Our members must:

    Benefits include:

    • 24/7 access to the Clubhouse
    • Access to all CRC programming
    • Governance/leadership opportunities
    • Resources training
    • Opportunity to become a mentor
    • Opportunity to train newcomers and other members


    Residents are CRC members that wish to reside on campus in a confidential, recovery-supported residence hall designated for CRC members and programming.

    Residents must meet the same criteria as members, including completion of the membership admissions requirements in order to be considered for CRC housing.

    CRC Services and Resources

    What we offer

    The Collegiate Recovery Community provides many opportunities throughout the academic year.

    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.

    The Clubhouse

    Our Clubhouse is located in Dixon Lodge, on SW Jefferson and 11th. Access is from the east side of the building via the glass door facing into the quad.

    Members have access to the Clubhouse to study, drink coffee, socialize, or just hang out – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It also serves as a private venue for our meetings and other programming. All members are asked to follow the Clubhouse rules (PDF).

    For students interested in membership or learning more about the CRC can visit during our free coffee hours Mondays 1-2 p.m., Tuesdays 10-11 a.m., Wednesdays 2-3 p.m., and Thursdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m. throughout Winter Term 2016.

    Interested in reserving the Clubhouse for a recovery-supportive meeting or event? Complete the  reservation request form. All reservations are subject to the Clubhouse reservation agreement (PDF).

    After you submit the form, a CRC staff member will contact you about your request.

    Frequently Asked Questions About the CRC

    What is recovery?

    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.”

    Do people still drink when they are in recovery?

    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.

    How is recovery different from moderation?

    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.

    Have people in recovery found a new sense of willpower?

    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.

    How can I better understand recovery and willpower?

    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.

    How can I support the recovery of a family member or friend?

    Show that you are supportive of their recovery and tell them you would like to hear from them about how you can best support their recovery process.

    What is a CRC?

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

    What are the different methods used for recovery?

    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 and faith-based recovery.

    What does anonymity have to do with 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.

    What do people in recovery do with their free time?

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

    Are people in recovery reliable?

    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.

    Will being around alcohol trigger a relapse?

    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.

    Why does Oregon State University want to support people in recovery?

    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.

    Why should a university have a collegiate recovery community?

    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 Meetings

    We offer a variety of weekly meetings available for students, faculty, staff, and community members who are interested in recovery.

    If you are interested in becoming a member or learning more about the CRC, the Clubhouse is open for public coffee hours at various times throughout the week.

    If you are not affiliated with the university but wish to use the CRC Clubhouse for a meeting or event that supports recovery, and which allows OSU students to participate, please complete the online reservation request form.

    Dixon Lodge

    All of our meetings are held at the Meeting Room in Dixon Lodge. Dixon Lodge is located on SW Jefferson and 11th. Access to the meeting room is from the east side of the building via the glass door facing into the quad, labeled “Meeting Room.”

    Free Coffee Hours

    For those interested in becoming members or learning more about the CRC:

    Mondays from 2 - 3 p.m.

    Wednesdays from 1 - 2 p.m.

    Fridays from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    SMART Recovery

    Every Monday, 4-5 p.m.

    This is a support group offered by Counseling and Psychological Services for individuals who want to stop or cut down on habits that may be getting in the way of their plans, goals, and aspirations. The group is a safe place to explore, talk, and redesign strategies to thrive. The group avoids labels and is an alternative to 12-step programs.

    To sign up for this group, contact or

    Mindfulness in recovery

    Sundays from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Starting April 25, 2017, these meetings begin with 10 minutes of guided meditation. Any and all are welcome!

    Meeting the Need NA Meeting

    Every Sunday from 12–1 p.m. in the CRC Clubhouse, Dixon Lodge.

    This is an open Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Open to anyone in recovery or interested in recovery.

    Living Sober 

    Fridays, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

    These meetings are an open Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, all are welcome.

    Morning Fix

    Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    This is an open Narcotics Anonymous meeting, focused on the 11th step.
    Meetings include a few minutes of silent meditation and then a discussion on the daily reading.