A collegiate recovery program (CRP) is a supportive environment within the campus culture that reinforces the decision to disengage from addictive behavior. It is designed to provide an educational opportunity alongside recovery support to ensure that students do not have to sacrifice one for the other.
Collegiate Recovery Programs ensure this mission by offering students on and off campus supports, mutual-aid support groups, life skills, recovery oriented activities, seminars, conferences, tailgates, and peer-to-peer support.
Collegiate Recovery arose as a response to the need to support young people in recovery as they choose to pursue their education. While mutual-aid support groups have traditionally handled recovery support for individuals leaving treatment, for those wishing to pursue higher education, a whole set of challenges confronts them when they step on a college campus. Categorized as “recovery hostile” many campuses have now seen the need to support these students. Some students face tremendous trepidation when they decide to attend or return to school, and collegiate recovery can alleviate some of the stress associated with this decision.