The Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) is the only association exclusively representing collegiate recovery programs (CRPs) and collegiate recovery communities (CRCs), the faculty and staff who support them, and the students who represent them. ARHE provides the education, resources, and community connection needed to help change the trajectory of recovering student’s lives. We are a network of professionals, administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents and policy makers.
Defined as “A voluntarily maintained lifestyle characterized by sobriety, personal health and citizenship’ (Betty Ford Institute, JSAT 2007) recovery from addiction is a lifelong process. With approximately 21% of the young adult population between 18 – 21 meeting the criteria for substance abuse disorders (SAMHSA), the collegiate community is a fertile ground for supporting students in recovery and positively impacting the stigma associated with addiction.
A collegiate recovery program (CRP) is a supportive environment within the campus culture that reinforces the decision to disengage from addictive behavior. It is designed to provide an educational opportunity alongside recovery support to ensure that students do not have to sacrifice one for the other.