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Collegiate Recovery Programs are filling the gap in the continuum of care by enabling students who are in recovery to pursue their academic and personal goals while enhancing their quality of life.

Recovery on Campus

Research suggests that no environment is more hostile than a college/university campus for young adults in recovery from a substance use disorder. A movement of supporting students in recovery is taking the United States by storm. This movement is receiving attention from federal agencies. In 2001, the Department of Education and the Office of National Drug Control Policy sent a letter to administrators at institutions of higher education in the United States expressing the necessity for recovery supports on campus. These supports needed to play an integral role in the programs that schools sponsor as part of their alcohol and other drug efforts on campus (Office of National Drug Control Policy, 2012). Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRP) are programs that schools can implement that help students in recovery by providing recovery support services on campus.

How Many Collegiate Recovery Programs Exist?

Collegiate Recovery Programs have been in existence since the mid 1980’s. For many years, there were but a handful of programs across the country. Today, they are a reality for over 100 schools. Some of these programs are very well established and others are just starting out. For a complete list of all of the CRPs that are member of The Association of Recovery in Higher Education, please visit their website. For a complete list of collegiate recovery programs and efforts, as identified by Transforming Youth Recovery, please visit the Transforming Youth Recovery website.

CRPs are filling the gap in the continuum of care by enabling students who are in recovery to pursue their academic and personal goals while overcoming barriers to recovery, and providing them with an array of recovery and academic support services. Institutions of higher education have improved greatly on their efforts to implement prevention, intervention, and treatment programs, but most are lacking in specific programming to support those students who are in recovery (Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery).

The Higher Education Center seeks to empower educational institutions to start their own recovery programs on campus. Learn more about how you can get started.

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