In the fall of 2012, a student in early recovery from drug and alcohol addiction reached out to the university. He asked why there wasn’t a program on campus to support students like him. In his emails, he talked about the importance of finding a new peer group and how isolated he felt seeming to be the only person in recovery on campus. He was brutally honest about his struggles cultivating his nascent recovery and how he found it difficult to balance with his studies. This young man was persistent in his emails and made the case for why a collegiate recovery program was needed at The Ohio State University.
It was because of this young man that the Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) was created in March 2013, in the Student Life Student Wellness Center. The program staff has grown from just a part-time graduate student to now having two full time employees. It’s grown to include a dedicated lounge and space on campus for the community to convene and a recovery residence hall. Since its inception, the CRC has served over 120 Ohio State students in or seeking recovery.
The CRC provides life-saving and life-changing programming to our students. Some of our major programs and services include:
Individualized recovery plans
Recovery informed academic advising
Dedicated recovery lounge on campus
28-bed recovery residence hall
Leadership and professional development
The CRC needs your help to continue creating an extraordinary student experience for our Buckeyes in recovery. We are a program that relies heavily on grant funding along with the support from generous individuals. More and more students are continuing to reach out for help and are returning to school as a result of the CRC, stretching our resources and threatening our ability to provide every student with the opportunity to enter and sustain long-term recovery while also pursuing a degree at The Ohio State University. Help us ensure that no student has to choose between their education and their recovery.
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