Questions Students Ask

How do I know if the program is right for me?

If you have been treated for substance use disorders and addiction, are committed to your recovery and living a substance-free lifestyle and want to connect to a community of others like you, then the program may be for you. Simply apply and we can help you decide if our program works for your situation.

How do I know if I am struggling with addiction?

According to the American Psychological Association, "Addiction is a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequence." People with the disease have an intense focus on substances and pursue them despite increasing negative consequences. Left untreated, the disease will get progressively worse.

What does it mean to be in "recovery"?

Recovery happens when the disease has been diagnosed and treated and the individual commits to a plan and process to abstain from substances and create a wellness plan to stay healthy.

How do I know the difference between being addicted or just being a partier?

Addiction is characterized by a compulsive desire to seek out drugs and alcohol, no matter the consequence. For someone who is genetically predisposed to addiction, their brain is likely being "rewired" as more substances are being used during the time the brain is developing. This portal has education and content that will help you decide if you have the disease or are on a path to develop it.

What are the benefits of being in the program?

Students report that one of the key benefits is being connected to a community of other students who are committed to a substance-free and healthy lifestyle. Our program helps create the support needed to maintain that healthy lifestyle while pursuing academic success and being positioned for a meaningful career once you graduate. Students in the program have higher GPA and graduation rates.

What would be expected of me if I join?

Our program is structured to make sure you succeed. We require that you abstain from substances, attend meetings and groups that promote recovery, meet with your counselors, focus on your education and ask for help when you need it.

What does the program cost?

There are no costs to join the program and participate. Our program is entirely funded by contributions from our college, sponsorships, grants, and donations.

What do I need to do to apply?

Simply fill out an application and we''ll take a look. The application will ask about your background, your drug use, any treatment you have received, your prior education, and other information that helps us know if you are right for the program and how to best support you if you join.

What if I'm not quite ready to join?

That's OK. Take the time to get to know us. Join the portal as a member, get access to our education and content, and connect with us in any way you want. You are welcome to attend meetings or meet with any of our staff.