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Start Your Recovery Journey

Starting the recovery journey during college may seem like a daunting task that is full of unknowns, questions and fears, but there are many places that you can turn to for help.

Starting Recovery on Campus

To start your recovery journey, find out if your school has a collegiate recovery program or any kind of recovery supports on campus. The Association of Recovery in Higher Education and Transforming Youth Recovery can help you identify if your campus has an established collegiate recovery program. If not, the school counseling center can be helpful in providing drug and alcohol assessments and referring you to an appropriate treatment provider. You can also call your local 12-step groups (AA, NA, CA, etc.) and inquire if they have young people’s meetings or meetings that are close to campus that have a strong student presence.

Getting connected to other people in recovery is also important. Get phone numbers, go out for coffee, go to meetings early and stay late. There are also many faith based programs that offer recovery supports as well as 12-step alternative groups such as Smart Recovery. Continue trying out new groups and meetings until you find something that works for you.


Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator (SAMHSA)
Alcoholics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous
Cocaine Anonymous

Celebrate Recovery

Smart Recovery


Women for Sobriety

Rational Recovery


Sustaining your recovery, whether early or long-term, while in college doesn’t have to be difficult. It is becoming easier to sustain your recovery on a college campus due to the growth of collegiate recovery programs.

Sustain Your Recovery Journey

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