The Collegiate Recovery Program at UNT
The college experience is full of transitions and opportunities. The transitions can be particularly overwhelming for a student choosing to live a life of recovery within a peer culture that glorifies addictive behaviors as a requirement for college living. The University of North Texas Collegiate Recovery Program utilizes existing resources to enhance opportunities for students recovering from substance use disorders, behavioral (process) addictions, and mental health illness, in an effort to keep students connected to their peers while meeting their desired goal of healthy living and academic success.
Research shows that bonding is one of the most important protective factors for sustaining recovery (Fisher & Harrison, 2009). To enhance the social support essential for building resiliency and a healthy lifestyle, the UNT CRP promotes recovery and healthy living through peer and institutional bonding. Specifically, the UNT CRP provides a safe place to “hang out”, peer-lead meetings, peer-to-peer support and mentoring, substance-free extra-curricular activities, academic advisement, service learning opportunities, on-going seminars, scholarships, leadership training, and a scholarly program of study. Through these efforts, the UNT CRP enhances the students’ college experiences by increasing their engagement on campus and providing activities that support their positive lifestyle choices. In addition, the UNT CRP hopes to influence expectations and inspire changes in university students’ drinking behaviors and “acting out” behaviors through a recovery-focused prevention mindset.
UNT CRP Objectives
1. Empower students to promote quality of life improvements
2. Enhance a substance-free and responsible-use campus climate
3. Augment academic success through recovery seminars and peer engagement
4. Provide formalized training courses for workforce development in the peer recovery, addiction treatment and prevention fields
5. Advance peer-to-peer and service opportunities for students
6. Emphasize social support as a mechanism for initiating positive lifestyle changes
7. Promote recovery from substance use disorders, behavioral (process) addictions, and mental health illness by providing support and services to self-identified recovering college students
8. Improve positive citizen engagement