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ERIC Number: ED538208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Meeting the Needs of Students in Recovery. Prevention Update
Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention
In its 2002 report on college drinking, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism describes U.S. college campuses as supporting a culture of drinking. Staying clean and sober in an environment where drinking and, to a lesser extent, other drug use is an accepted behavior presents real challenges to students who are in recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction. A number of campuses provide a range of services to support students in recovery, including providing alcohol-free residence halls or substance-free floors in selected residences halls and making space available on campus for Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, as well as providing counseling services. In 1997 yeah College in Minneapolis, Minn., created the StepUP Program to address the special needs of students in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The StepUP Program includes alcohol and other drug-free housing, a minimum sobriety requirement, weekly individual meetings with staff, a contract calling for standards of behavior, and weekly peer-led community meetings. At Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., students in recovery can live with students like themselves and receive emotional, social, and environmental support in maintaining their sobriety. The Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, has developed a Collegiate Recovery Community that provides "a nurturing, affirming environment in which individuals recovering from addictive disorders can find peer support while attaining a college education. Students participating in this community have access to extensive services to support their decision to remain in recovery and to improve their general life skills." At Brown University, Providence, R.I., students in recovery from chemical dependency can participate in the Early Sobriety Group, which is a weekly, one-hour meeting that provides a safe, confidential space for students to discuss matters related to recovery in general and to life at Brown in particular. (Contains 1 resource.)
Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention. EDC, Inc. 43 Foundry Avenue, Waltham, MA 02453. Tel: 800-676-1730; Fax: 617-928-1537; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (ED); Education Development Center, Inc.
Authoring Institution: Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota; New Jersey; Rhode Island; Texas