College campuses are often known for their increased use of substances, and the UO is no exception. It is commonly recognized that college campuses have high rates of substance use. Studies have found that 31.6% of college students meet the criteria for a substance abuse disorder, while 6% meet criteria for a diagnosis of alcohol dependence (Knight, Wechsler, Kuo, Seibring, Weitzman, & Schuckit, 2002).  It is also estimated that only 4% of students with alcohol/drug related problems would seek help (Clements, 1999). One reason for this may be the lack of resources for these students.

According to aggregated data from the 28 programs that have implemented the Texas Tech University (TTU) model, students participating in a Collegiate Recovery Center have a lower relapse risk rate and a reported high support for their recovery. Students in the TTU CRC average a 3.34 GPA (higher than the overall student body average) and have achieved a graduation rate that exceeds 80%. This is consistent with findings from other TTU modeled programs. In addition, students enrolled in programs based on the TTU model return to active addiction less than 7% of the time they remain enrolled in the CRC.