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Sustain Your Recovery On Campus

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.

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It’s a common saying that “quitting is easy. It’s staying stopped that’s the hard part.” 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. Collegiate recovery programs can help connect you with support services, as well as other students who are also in recovery. The Association of Recovery in Higher Education and Transforming Youth Recovery both have comprehensive lists of schools that offer recovery support services or have formalized collegiate recovery programs.

How to Navigate the Social Events and Functions on Your Campus without Jeopardizing Your Recovery

 

  • The earlier you go, the better! As it gets later in the evening, it tends to get wilder due to the compounding effects of alcohol being consumed all day long
  • Bring a friend! Bringing along a friend who is supportive of your recovery and will remain sober for the night is always a good idea!
  • Have your own method of transportation. This way, you can leave when you want and don’t have to depend on others to bring you home if you get uncomfortable.
  • If you are feeling tempted to drink or use drugs, don’t go out! Do something that is helpful to your recovery instead and call a friend!
  • Bring your own drink. If you’re out on the town or at a party, people are going to ask you if they can get you something to drink. To avoid having lengthy conversations about why you’re requesting a nonalcoholic drink, bring your own drink! If you already have something in your hand, party goers won’t ask you if they can get you anything.

Support for your recovery on campus can come in many different forms. Often students in recovery look for a community of like-minded students and other students recovering from substance use disorders.

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