Chico's Collegiate Recovery Program

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What is the Collegiate Recovery Program?

The Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) provides support for those in recovery from substance use disorders or substance misuse. It is open to all who are in recovery or choosing to live a substance-free lifestyle, and to allies who are supportive of the recovery community.

Why is it Necessary?

  • Students seeking recovery at school often feel isolated from their peers.
  • A CRP is a supportive environment within the campus culture that reinforces the decisions to disengage from substance misuse and substance use disorders.
  • It is designed to provide an educational opportunity alongside recovery support to ensure that students do not have to sacrifice one for the other.

Short Term Goals

  • We currently offer a support group known as Students Seeking Recovery with a focus on peer support which is supervised by a licensed drug and alcohol counselor. This creates a confidential, non-judgmental, facilitated forum for students seeking to explore topics related to their substance use and to aid in connecting students with other recovery minded individuals.
  • Provide resources for recovery minded students.
  • Create a recognized CRP organization at California State University, Chico.
  • Acquire adequate space dedicated to the Collegiate Recovery Program where a variety of services can be provided:
    • Peer recovery support.
    • Professional, confidential staff support.
    • A lounge space to include computer access. 
    • A space for a variety of weekly, on-going meetings including: 12-step, SMART Recovery, and more depending on recovery group needs.
    • Develop sober events on campus and throughout the community.
    • Raise awareness and support for students in recovery.
    • Reduce stigma of being in recovery while in college.

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Long Term Goals

  • We strive to promote long-term stable recovery, lower the risk of relapse, increase civic engagement and ensure academic success by providing holistic support and needed services to students who are seeking it. At CSU Chico it is our goal to provide:
    • Sober on-campus housing as well as sober off-campus housing specifically for students.
    • Scholarships for students in recovery.
    • Leadership and service positions for recovering students.
    • With the collaboration of local community we can make Chico a place where students struggling can not only exist, but thrive.

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A National Initiative

And many more!

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Important Data

  • In 2014, 59.8% of full-time collegiate students ages 18-22 drank alcohol in the past month compared with 51.5% of other persons of the same age.
    SAMHSA, 2014. NSDUH Table 6.88B-Alcohol use in the past month among persons aged 18 to 22, by college enrollment status and demographic characteristics: Percentages, 2013 and 2014
  • A growing body of evidence suggests that sustained recovery requires a strong system of peers who are engaged, invested, and supportive of the recovery process.
    McKay, JR, Carise, D, Dennise, ML., Dupont, R, Humpherys, K, Kemp, J, Scwartzlose, J (2009). Extending the benefits of addiction treatment: Practical strategies for continuing care and recovery. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 36, 127-130.

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On-Campus Resources

  • Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center
    CADEC is committed to providing evidence-based educational programs and services that raise campus awareness about alcohol and drug misuse. CADEC strives to engage, enable and empower students who make responsible and healthy choices, especially in areas where substance misuse is a concern. Some services provided include:
    • Confidential support from peer educators or professional staff.
    • Individual clinical assessments and assistance with referrals to treatment.
    • Help and support completing university sanctions.
    • Support for students in recovery.
    • Promoting health and wellness for all Chico State students, faculty, and staff.
      • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      • Student Services Center 180
      • 530-898-6450

  • Students Seeking Recovery meetings
    SSR is an open, confidential, non-judgmental support group for students to explore topics related to substance misuse and recovery.
      • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. When classes are in session
      • Student Services Center 490
      • 530-898-6450

  • SMART Recovery Meetings
    SMART Recovery conducts face-to-face meetings with peers in these locations around campus.
      • Tuesday
        When classes are in session
        Ray Messinger - Facilitator
        SSC Room 490
        4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
      • Thursday
        When classes are in session
        Janeil Harris - Facilitator
        UHUB upstairs
        7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      • *Third weekly SMART Meeting to be held at UV
        Day/Time TBD
  • Counseling Center
    A variety of services intended to enhance personal and academic effectiveness, interpersonal growth, emotional support in crisis conditions, and promote a healthy campus environment.
      • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      • Student Services Center 430
      • 530-898-6345

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