The number of collegiate recovery communities and programs has risen dramatically in the past ten years, driven in part by the increasing availability of government and private funding sources. A rush to strike while the iron is hot in order to take advantage of these available resources has led some campuses to create programs seemingly overnight and with limited thought given to what is needed in order for such efforts to succeed on a given campus. Also, as prolific as these programs appear to be, a majority of schools whose students could benefit from recovery-oriented services have been unsuccessful in making a case for such programs, often due to the stigma that remains attached to recovery. This session will consider opportunities to change the narrative, providing important context for those who are currently planning or thinking about developing collegiate recovery initiatives. Recommendations will be provided for ways to create and sustain programs that enable students in recovery to pursue their academic goals in an environment that supports, rather than challenges, their sobriety.

The number of collegiate recovery communities and programs has risen dramatically in the past ten years, driven in part by the increasing availability of government and private funding sources. A rush to strike while the iron is hot‰ in order to take advantage of these available resources has led some campuses to create programs seemingly overnight and with limited thought given to what is needed in order for such efforts to succeed on a given campus. Also, as prolific as these programs appear to be, a majority of schools whose students could benefit from recovery-oriented services have been unsuccessful in making a case for such programs, often due to the stigma that remains attached to recovery. This session will consider opportunities to change the narrative, providing important context for those who are currently planning or thinking about developing collegiate recovery initiatives. Recommendations will be provided for ways to create and sustain programs that enable students in recovery to pursue their academic goals in an environment that supports, rather than challenges, their sobriety.