Collegiate Recovery Communities Programs: What Do We Know and What Do We Need to Know?

Alexandre Laudet, Kitty Harris, Thomas Kimball, Ken C. Winters, D. Paul Moberg

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As the broad construct of recovery increasingly guides addiction services and policy, federal agencies have called for the expansion of peer-driven recovery support services. The high prevalence of substance use and abuse in colleges and universities in the United States constitutes a significant obstacle to pursuing an education for the unknown number of youths who have attained remission from substance use dependence. Collegiate recovery programs (CRPs) are an innovative and growing model of peer-driven recovery support delivered on college campuses. Although no systematic research has examined CRPs, available site-level records suggest encouraging outcomes: low relapse rates and above-average academic achievement. The number of CRPs nationwide is growing, but there is a noticeable lack of data on the model, its students, and their outcomes. We review the literature supporting the need for the expansion of CRPs, present information on the diversity of CRP services, and outline key areas where research is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-100
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • addiction
  • college students
  • recovery
  • recovery support services
  • substance use disorder


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