Dear parent(s) and those who love someone in recovery,
By now, you know that a recovery-friendly support network is crucial in your students’ recovery. As a parent, offering the right kind of support to your son or daughter can have a tremendous impact on their lives. Finding a Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) or Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) on a college campus is a big decision. The Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) aims to help change the trajectory of recovery students’ lives and offers resources and information for those looking to be a part of a this kind of support system.
In helping your student find a CRC consider the following below:
- Ownership and Autonomy. Your student is the one that will be a CRP member. Be supportive, but let them ask questions, fill out their own applications, and see what program they believe will be best for their recovery. Allowing your student to take care of some of the footwork provides a sense of autonomy and ownership of the experience.
- Healthy Compromise. What works for you may not work for your son or daughter. Discussing all options and possibilities together may help guide you to a compromise that works best for your family.
- Support. CRPs are not designed as treatment programs, they are designed to offer recovery support on college campuses so your student has a safe place to navigate what can be a hostile environment; a college campus.
While sharing the goals of providing support, preventing relapse, and promoting academic performance, individual CRPs vary greatly. After discussing the possibility of finding a CRP with your student, there are several things to consider when choosing which CRP is the best fit.
- Housing. What kind of housing do they offer for CRP students? Do they offer sober housing? Do they offer housing on and/or off campus? Will your student be living with others in recovery?
- Programming and Support.What type of support programing do they offer? What is the focus of their CRP? What kinds of opportunities and activities are provided?
- University/College involvement. Is the CRP a program run by university/college faculty and staff or a student organization? Does this make a difference to you?
- Space. What kind of gathering space (e.g., building, office, recovery meeting space) does the program offer? Does the program have designated space for their CRP? Where is the program housed?
- Scholarships/Financial Aid. Does the program offer any type of financial help? What is the level and nature of this help? What about in-state versus out-of-state tuition?
- Admittance Requirements. What are the requirements for admittance to the university itself and to the CRP? Each university and CRP may have different qualifications for applying to their program. Each program will have a checklist of things that need to be completed to apply.
- Student Involvement.What is required of CRP students in each program once they are admitted? Each program has requirements for participation that are unique to their program.
- Resources. What resources are available in the CRP and also at the university/college level for those in recovery?
With all of these things considered, moving forward and making the best decision as an informed family should be easier. CRPs offer a great support system to students as they pursue higher education while growing in recovery. We hope to be a helpful source of information as you move along in the process.