Collegiate Recovery Programs: An Introduction

For young people in recovery from substance misuse disorders, the decision to attend college is often fraught with concerns. Where will I live? What will my roommates be like? What will the recovery community be like? What is there to do socially that doesn’t involve drinking? Many colleges now offer their own recovery programs, complete with sober housing and support. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of the most highly regarded programs in the US.

UNC- Chapel Hill is home to the Carolina Recovery Program, which provides a wide array of events throughout the academic year to foster unity within the group’s students, who may attend various recovery fellowships or practices. These activities include weekly group meetings, puppy meet and greets, sober tailgates, workshops on study skills and exam preparation, career services and guidance, social dinners, outdoor adventures, trips, and even specialized study areas incorporating stress-reduction techniques.

Beyond these daily and weekly occupations, the Carolina Recovery Program emphasizes whole-person recovery, including physical, mental, emotional, academic, and social well-being. The program offers individual success plans for each student, staff support, and positive peer connections. To help students transition after college, CRP is allied with statewide treatment, recovery, and wellness centers.  For more information about the Carolina Recovery Program at UNC-Chapel Hill, please visit their website. If you are a college student in recovery in need of financial support, please visit the Ammon Foundation Scholarship webpage.  We also have a wide array of articles on recovery topics on our blog.