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Collegiate Recovery Program

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Kennesaw State University is committed to supporting students who are in recovery from substance use and other process addictions. The Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) is designed to help students connect with each other, access resources necessary for them to succeed academically while sustaining recovery. Successfully achieve their personal and academic goals and participate in programming. Our mission is to create a supportive community where KSU students in recovery can thrive (by):

  • removing any barriers to successful academic progression
  • fostering peer support and accountability
  • normalizing the recovery identity on campus
  • providing information, resources, and consultation to students, families, faculty, and staff
  • providing sober social activities on and off campus
  • providing a dedicated space with caring professionals and student staff

CRP is structured on a continuum to help support students as they develop in recovery, academically, and other areas of life. These are general guidelines which may be altered to serve the needs of individual students. Students may apply to CRP once they have six months of abstinence-based recovery. Students on medication assisted therapy with six month of sustained recovery are welcome to apply and meet with the program coordinator. For students with less than six months sustained recovery the center offers a full range of recovery support services.

The CRP is not a clinical treatment program; rather it is a recovery program based on social support models & theory. Participants voluntarily agree to respect the confidentiality of others and commit to creating a safe space that is rooted in the principles of recovery.

CRP Offers Members

  • Connections with other recovering students
  • Academic Advising
  • Private recovery lounges on both campuses
  • On-campus recovery housing
  • Sober activities on and off campus
  • Recovery support and accountability
  • Dedicated staff support
  • Opportunities to be of service
  • Priority registration for class
  • Recovery-informed advising and tutoring
  • Access to computers and printing
  • Scholarships
  • Travel opportunities (i.e. leadership summits, study abroad, etc.)

Recovery is an intentional, active, ongoing and holistic process which encompasses physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual wellness. The goal of CRP is to offer a fulfilling college experience for all students who are in recovery for various addictions. Utilizing the abundant resources at the Kennesaw State University, CRP helps recovering students maintain wellness and thrive at KSU.

Academics

The academic environment at KSU is rigorous and can be challenging. CRP members strive for excellence in all of their affairs. CRP members are committed to taking academics seriously; they show up on time for classes, attend classes regularly and ask for help when they need it. CRP offers recovery-informed academic advising to ensure that students are prioritizing their recovery first. In addition, KSU has support for students who are struggling with maintaining academic excellence and CRP members are available to tutor each other.

Fun

The college years are an exciting and stimulating time. One of the biggest myths about the college experience relates to the importance and prevalence of alcohol and other drug use. Many people, including students and prospective students, believe that we are supposed to see college as a time to use alcohol and other drugs irresponsibly. For students in recovery this can be especially disheartening and damaging. CRP offers regular opportunities for members to engage in sober recreational activities and trips. Students who are in recovery can have rewarding, exciting and fun college experiences.

12-Step Involvement

A large majority of KSU CRP members attend 12-step meetings. Therefore CRP incorporates 12 programming based on both the needs of the students and research on 12 step participation. Research shows that meeting attendance, coupled with 12-step involvement, is a good predictor of long term abstinence. Components of 12-step involvement, which includes having a sponsor, working the 12 steps, having a home group, doing service work, helping newer members and socializing with other people in recovery, are important predictors not only of higher abstinence rates, but also of improved coping and life satisfaction.

Students who consider themselves in recovery, have been achieving success for an extended period of time and do not make 12- step involvement part of their recovery can formulate an individualized recovery plan in collaboration with the CRP Coordinator. Adherence to the plan will be mandatory for membership in CRP. Changes to the plan will be a collaborative effort between the student and CRP staff.

Service

CRP members believe in the value of service. Giving back to the community is an important step in the recovery process for many students and being of service is an important shared value of CRP members. Research shows that people who engage in service have better mental health, are less prone to depression, have more life meaning, and better self-esteem. CRP members are encouraged to participate in service oriented activities that are offered throughout each semester. Some opportunities to be of service include joining the CRP Leadership Team and committees, peer tutoring, facilitating recovery meetings, and becoming a peer educator.

Stigma

Addiction is among the most stigmatized medical conditions. The collegiate environment can intensify the shame and stigma of addiction and recovery. Stigma can be a barrier to sustained recovery and can prevent people from seeking help. Dismantling this stigma is vital to our mission.

We envision a campus where people with addictions are not judged or punished, where they do not feel shame in seeking help, and where their pasts do not get in the way of their future goals. CRP members have opportunities to help dismantle this stigma through advocacy and educational opportunities. CRP members also have access to recovery support services and a safe space to help them learn to be proud scholars in recovery.

Relapse

Relapses will be addressed on an individual basis. Any non-medical use is considered a relapse. Relapse is not part of recovery - it is part of addiction. Relapse is not something to be ashamed of but is indicative that something needs to change. CRP will continue to support any student that relapses. 

If a student relapses they report it to CRP staff ASAP and get help with making a new plan for their recovery. If they wish to remain in CRP, a part of that plan may include mandates such as: increased meeting attendance and weekly meetings with the CRP Coordinator and the Clinical Addiction and Recovery Specialist. Because CRP is not a clinical treatment service, staff may determine that a different type of care is necessary for a student. Therefore, it may be requirement to enter detoxification and or a treatment program, as a condition of re-admittance to CRP.

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