Achieving systems-based sustained recovery: A comprehensive model for collegiate recovery communities

Kitty S. Harris, Amanda K. Baker, Thomas G. Kimball, Sterling T. Shumway

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The Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery (CSAR) (a Center within the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University, TTU), has developed a comprehensive Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC). This community provides a model of support and relapse prevention for college students recovering from addictive behaviorsprimarily alcohol/drug addiction. This model is specifically targeted for implementation in the college/university setting and has been used at TTU for 20 years. The purpose of this paper is to briefly review the literature related to substance use among college-aged individuals, discuss the challenges of recovery within this population, describe existing collegiate programs, and provide an extensive description of the CRC model. The CRC model specifically incorporates recovery support, access to higher education/educational support, peer support, family support, and community support/service in an effort to help individuals attain what we describe as systems-based sustained recovery. Preliminary evidence of success indicates that support services offered by the CRC work for the current population as evidenced by an average relapse rate of only 8%, a graduation rate of 70%, and an average GPA of 3.18 among members. Limitations of the model and plans for future research are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-237
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery
Issue number2-4
StatePublished - 2008


  • Addiction
  • Collegiate recovery
  • Higher education
  • Recovery
  • Recovery community


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