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A growing number of colleges are creating recovery programs for students, The Wall Street Journal reports. This summer, a group of colleges formed the Association for Recovery in Higher Education to promote these initiatives.

One of the leaders in college recovery programs is Texas Tech, which offers 12-step courses, classes on relapse prevention, opportunities for academic scholarships and a serenity center for students who wish to meditate. New recovery programs will debut this fall at the University of Michigan and Penn State University.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), from 1999 to 2009, the number of students age 18 to 24 seeking treatment for substance abuse more than doubled. The rate of heavy alcohol use—having five or more drinks on five or more occasions in the previous month—is highest among 20- to 22-year-olds; college students are the heaviest drinkers in that group, SAMHSA says.

Most colleges do not provide recovery services for students, forcing recovering students to try to find their own services, the article notes. Many of these students drop out.

This fall, a residence hall for college students in recovery is slated to open in New York City. The New York residence, run by Hazelden, will be open to students at colleges throughout Manhattan, including Columbia University and New York University.

6 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of Holly Sherman
    Holly Sherman / February 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    @ Mike: the colleges that currently have sober livings are the following:
    University of Vermont
    Texas Tech
    Augsberg State
    Case Western Reserve
    St. Scholastica
    William Patterson

  2. Avatar of Chris
    Chris / January 8, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    There is also residential program called EDGE Collegiate where students in recovery and need additional learning/ life coach can live and attend any of the schools in the Chicago area.

  3. Avatar of Mike Rollins
    Mike Rollins / October 5, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Can you provide a list of college’s that have a sober living program on campus?

  4. Avatar of stacie
    stacie / August 13, 2011 at 9:44 am

    That is awesome! Its is crucial that folks have the opportunity to get a grip on drugs/alcohol before it turns into a lifestyle for them. Way to be innovative!

  5. Avatar of Sharon
    Sharon / August 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Having 12-step meetings on campus is so important for young people in recovery. At our University we have had AA meetings on campus for over 4 years and they are supported by the president and other top administrators!!!

  6. Avatar of jyothi
    jyothi / July 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    which college is thi , so I can encourage a future student who has problems to look into admission

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