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Collegiate Recovery and Live Free

A brief introduction to Collegiate Recovery Programs and the Madison College CRC, Live Free - MC, Student Wellness and Recovery.
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Patrick Kempfer

on 24 January 2016

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Transcript of Collegiate Recovery and Live Free

What IS a
Collegiate Recovery Program?

Recovery on Campus
Research suggests that no environment is more hostile than a college/university campus for young adults in recovery from a substance use disorder. A movement of supporting students in recovery is taking the United States by storm. This movement is receiving attention from federal agencies. In 2001, the Department of Education and the Office of National Drug Control Policy sent a letter to administrators at institutions of higher education in the United States expressing the necessity for recovery supports on campus.
How Many Collegiate Recovery Programs Exist?
Collegiate Recovery Programs have been in existence since the mid 1980’s. For many years, there were but a handful of programs across the country. Today, they are a reality for over 100 schools. Some of these programs are very well established and others are just starting out.
Prevention
The key elements of effective prevention include: needs assessment, strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation. The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery advocates for cultural or “environmental” changes that prevent or reduce substance misuse among college students and supports a healthy living and learning environment.
Start Now
Now is the time to support your students who are in, or seeking, recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Given the great push towards increasing student retention, a rise in the hospitalizations of our students, a nationwide opiate epidemic, school administrators have begun to see the value in collegiate recovery programs.
Support Makes a Difference
Transforming Youth Recovery, which was created by The Stacie Mathewson Foundation, supports educators, parents and community members in helping students in recovery thrive in the fullness of everyday life. Their vision is to transform youth recovery—one community, one school, one student at a time.
There are many ways to support your students in, or seeking, recovery. The levels of support that your campus can provide will vary. Some of these include:
Move Recovery Forward
The evidence is clear that recovery programs and services do work. Sustaining a program that supports students in recovery can be challenging. It takes university support, community buy-in, student engagement, funding, and a drive to not give up when the journey becomes discouraging or challenging.

Fortunately, there are many schools around the country that have successfully sustained programs and services for students in recovery for a number of years.

Need Help?
There are many pathways to succesful, individual recovery. If you or someone you care about is interested in knowing more about these many roads to personal recovery from alcohol or other drugs, student wellness, or just need some extra support on campus, you can learn more about Live Free on The Link, or simply attend our weekly meetings.

Alcohol
The underage and excessive use of alcohol causes the most widespread public health and safety problems among college students.
On average, it takes 17 years to translate the findings of research into real-life interventions. One of HECAOD’s missions is to reduce the “bench to bedside” timeframe by reducing barriers and encouraging collaborations.
Statistics indicate that drinking by college students aged 18 to 24 contributes to an estimated 1,825 student deaths, 599,000 injuries, 696,000 assaults by another student who has been drinking, and 97,000 cases of sexual assault or date rape each year.
Marijuana
Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) is the most commonly used drug other than alcohol on college campuses.
More than 20 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing marijuana to be used for a variety of medical conditions, although medical marijuana use has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and continues to be illegal under Federal law.
The last decade has seen relatively stable use with rates holding between about 30-35% of students reporting past year use.
Rx Medications
The nonmedical use of prescription drugs is second only to marijuana as the most misused illicit drug among Americans age 12 and older (SAMHSA).
The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy partnered with Cardinal Health to develop the Generation Rx Initiative, which provides resources to help prevent the misuse of prescription medications. Generation Rx University provides materials prepared by college students for college students.
In 2013, nearly 11% of college students indicated some Adderall, a prescription stimulant used to treat ADHD, use without medical supervision in the prior 12 months (Monitoring the Future).
Other Drugs
More than one third of college students (39%) have used an illicit drug in the past year and more than one in five (22.5%) have used in the past month.
The most common illicit drugs used by college students are marijuana, amphetamines, and narcotics.
3,952 fatally injured drivers nationwide tested positive for drugs, with narcotics and cannabinoids accounting for almost one half of all positive results.
Illicit drug use has been on the rise since 2006 on college campuses. Find out how your campus can be prepared with adequate prevention programs.
Support Cont.
Forming a student organization:

Live Free is a Collegiate Recovery Club that offers recovery support, not only to students in recovery from alcohol and other drugs, but also those seeking peer support for anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Support Cont.
Designating a staff person to work solely with this community:

The staff here at Madison College has many qualified and competent counselors, and Live Free has two specific individuals, Sara Bugni and John Boyne, who ready and waiting to offer solution oriented guidance for those interested in knowing more about recovery.
Support Cont.
Offering space for students to hold recovery support meetings:

Live Free meets weekly in conference room located in the Student Development Center. This All Recovery Meeting takes place from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is a safe, confidential space to seek and offer support to peers
Thank you for your time.
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