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Helping your student enter recovery is no small task. Continuing to support them in sustaining their recovery can be difficult too, especially if they no longer live near you or are away at college. Getting involved with your own support group for family members is a great way to support your student’s recovery and help the family to recovery together.

Supporting Students in Recovery

Sending your student in recovery off to college doesn’t have to be terrifying. Helping your student get connected to a collegiate recovery program is a great way to create a home away from home for them. Knowing the campus and community resources can also be helpful if your student needs to utilize any of them. Being an informed parent and empowering your student to seek out services is a great way to help them enter and sustain recovery.

When Your Family Faces Recovery

A difficult, although brave and often life-saving, realization for parents and families is knowing when your student needs recovery from a substance use disorder. Fortunately, there are resources for helping families make the right decisions when approaching recovery.

  • DOs and DON’Ts for helping your child sustain long-term recovery
  • FAMILIES ANONYMOUS is a 12-Step fellowship for the families and friends who have known a feeling of desperation concerning the destructive behavior of someone very near to them, whether caused by drugs, alcohol, or related behavioral problems.
  • The Addicts Mom is a group focusing on the mothers of addicted children.
  • Al-Anon – families and friends of problem drinkers find understanding and support at Al-Anon and Alateen meetings.

Finding a Collegiate Recovery Program

Finding the right program and school for your student will require some research. Things to consider will be what universities are the right academic fit, there location, tuition, and the CRP characteristics. Things like academic advising specific to CRPs, recovery housing, social events, dedicated staff support, and scholarships are a few examples of program elements available at CRPs. When you have decided which universities interest you and your student, there are different websites that list CRPs across the country. 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 their website. Contact the CRP at the school first and discuss the program and university application process.

Maintaining the lines of communication is key to helping your student stay healthy and happy.  As a parent it is important to be able to talk openly with your students about alcohol and drug use.

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