We know that it is not just the “average” student that experiences problems associated with drugs and alcohol. The transition to university life poses unique risks to students already recovering from addictive disorders. Considering the drinking and drug use subcultures of most university campuses, recovering students are embarking on an environment that may not be conducive to long term sobriety. It is difficult for college students in recovery to navigate the hostile experience of maintaining abstinence in a college environment where drinking and using substances is the norm.
As a university community, it is imperative that we are prepared to provide support to the unique needs of recovering students. A Collegiate Recovery Center provides four major modalities of support for recovering students in effort to promote recovery and prevent relapse. The model emphasizes social support as a mechanism for initiating positive changes. It is a multi-pronged support structure designed for students to successfully seek and sustain recovery. These structures include: (a) Emotional Support, (b) Informational Support, (c) Instrumental Support, and (d) Companionship.