What are Collegiate Recovery Communities (CRCs)?
Collegiate Recovery Communities, aka CRCs or CRPs, are safe, fun, and supportive communities that allow students to thrive in their recovery within the recovery-hostile environment of college.
"We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided"
Recovering individuals moving into, or returning to, college life face a world that is full of temptations - and short on support. Most universities provide free counseling, mental health and subtance abuse services, but that alone is not a complete recipe for successful recovery in college. Peer support is essential to maintaining recovery in an atmosphere where pressures are high and substance-free social networks can be hard to come by. Additionally, students must deal with the stigma and shame surrounding addiction and recovery. Combine all these difficulties and many students don't feel comfortable disclosing their recovery status, let alone seeking support.
Collegiate Recovery Communities/Programs are groups of students in recovery from addiction, or in some cases, eating disorders, self-harm, or other addictions, that want to get and give help in their journeys while also enjoying the college experience in a healthy way. People don't get sober just to spend their college careers alone or in 12-step meetings. Collegiate Recovery Communities provide the missing element of peer support, community, and fun sober activities, in a non-judgmental atmosphere, allowing students to be open about their recovery and get the support they need to thrive academically, socially, and in their recovery.
CRPs vary from one university to the next but common elements include:
On-campus recovery housing
Recovery support meetings
Educational presentations on all aspects of mind, body, and spiritual health
Fun and Sober social events that foster fellowship and positivity
Peer tutoring programs and individualized academic advising
Community service opportunities