Why Collegiate Recovery?

Students in collegiate recovery have a 95% chance of staying in recovery, a 21%
higher graduation rate and a higher GPA than their peers.

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What is a collegiate recovery program?

From the Association for Recovery in Higher Education, "A collegiate recovery program (CRP) is a College or University-provided, supportive environment within the campus culture that reinforces the decision to engage in a lifestyle of recovery from substance use. It is designed to provide an educational opportunity alongside recovery support to ensure that students do not have to sacrifice one for the other."

Why are collegiate recovery programs important?

It is estimated that almost 3 million students report binge drinking on campus and another 2 million report using illegal drugs according to SAMHSA. Almost 1 million students report that they are in full time recovery and 64% drop out of college due to mental health and addiction issues.  Students in collegiate recovery programs have a 95% rate of staying in recovery while in the program, a 21% higher chance of graduating vs. the general student population and maintain a higher GPA than their peers.

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What types of students can participate?

Students that have been treated for substance misuse and addiction and have committed to managing their disease by engaging in a recovery process are eligible to participate.  Programs require that students apply to be in the program, sign an agreement to abide by the program standards, and engage in program activities, meetings, and events.

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What are the benefits of the program?

Students in collegiate recovery programs instantly connect to a community of other students that are dedicated to a lifestyle of abstinence from drugs and alcohol, a commitment to education, and a focus on post-college careers.  Participants receive preferred class schedules, coaches and counseling, educational opportunities regarding recovery, and social events.  Colleges report that students in recovery programs on average have a higher GPA and graduation rate.

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What does it cost and how is the program funded?

Students do not pay to participate in collegiate recovery programs, so it is vital that the program receives funding from other sources. Generally, support comes from the college, sponsors, and donors who fund program costs such as staffing, events, and support activities.