Collegiate Recovery Program

A college is a place where young people run free. But unfortunately, it’s also where many young people run into drugs. 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse released a report in 2019 analyzing drug use amongst college students. It found that marijuana use had reached all-time highs, with 9.4 percent of young adults using it daily or near-daily.

It can be challenging for students to live a sober life on campus. But a collegiate recovery program is available for them. 

Basics of a Collegiate Recovery Program

A collegiate recovery program (CRP) is an addiction therapy program run at a college or university. It is distinct from a drug-free residence hall. 

A drug-free dorm may provide a space for students to live and avoid relapsing. But many students sneak drugs in or leave the dorm to use drugs somewhere else. In addition, most drug-free dorms do not provide therapy that helps students recover. 

A CRP does. Program staff counsel students and provide the support that lets them live a sober life on or near campus. A CRP is not like an inpatient treatment center. Students attend classes, meet with friends, and work jobs. 

Qualities of a Good Program

The program should have a dedicated space near campus. 

Peer support lies at the core of the CRP experience. Students should feel a sense of belonging and trust. They should be free to talk to each other about what they are going through. 

Conversations can take place in the form of group therapy. For example, a therapist can sit down with several students and open the room to a dialogue. 

But students should also talk to each other spontaneously. They should feel as though they are making lifelong friendships in college. 

Types of Resources

Recovery support services allow students to stay sober long-term. They include skills training. A tutor helps students learn how to manage their time and finances. 

If students need sober living, they can go to recovery housing. Some programs follow a twelve-step model. Students recognize they need help and turn to others for support. This process takes some time, easing the participants into the therapy.

Start a Drug-Free College Life

While researching colleges, a student should find ones with a CRP or a sober living facility that helps students go back to school. If they can’t find any, they should ask drug treatment therapists for suggestions. 

A collegiate recovery program fights back against college drug use. 

Programs can offer skills training and recovery housing. Some provide a twelve-step model. They fit within a student’s pre-existing treatments. Students can receive support as they transition into college life.

Don’t hesitate when you need help. Burning Tree West serves the Tucson area. Please read about our college recovery program