Collegiate Recovery Programs

Kitty S. Harris, Thomas G. Kimball, Ann M. Casiraghi, Sara J. Maison

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More than ever, people are seeking substance use disorder treatment during the adolescent and young adult stages of development. Developmentally, many of these young adults new to recovery are in the process of making career decisions that may require attendance at a college or university. However, the collegiate environment is not conducive to a recovery lifestyle. Since the 1980s, several colleges and universities have implemented Collegiate Recovery Programs, offering students "safe havens" where they can obtain support from other students in recovery and from staff while they pursue a college education. The collegiate recovery programs have been successful at graduating students and supporting their recovery. Today, there are more than 75 collegiate recovery programs already established or in the process of development, serving more than 500 students across the United States. Although the various programs offer different types of services, each one seems to be having some type of success based on the research thus far. This article describes the emerging adult population of recovering college students, the history of Collegiate Recovery Programs, and what they offer. © 2014

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-243
Number of pages15
JournalPeabody Journal of Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2014


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