The inaugural National Collegiate Recovery Day will take place on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Collegiate Recovery Day will be an annual celebration to coincide with the anniversary of the founding of the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE), which was April 15th, 2010. 

National Collegiate Recovery Day will be an opportunity to celebrate collegiate recovery across the country, increase awareness about collegiate recovery programs (CRPs), and shine a spotlight on the key staff, students, and other supporters who make this work possible. 

ARHE has a variety of announcements and opportunities available on National Collegiate Recovery Day and throughout the week:

  • A free kickoff collegiate event in New York City on Friday, April 17 (signup details below)
  • 2021 Conference location announcement
  • Inaugural Wear Purple for #CollegiateRecoveryDay
  • The launch of the ARHE Collegiate Recovery Advisory Council
  • A weeklong digital celebration through collegiate recovery spotlights and highlights

On April 15, 2010, collegiate recovery leaders gathered at Texas Tech University for what would become the first National Collegiate Recovery Conference. That is where the idea was born for the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE). Ten years later, history will be made yet again as the organization celebrates the past decade and the future ahead. 

“Like many, collegiate recovery saved my life,” said Tim Rabolt, executive director of ARHE. “Though I was not in attendance at that first collegiate recovery conference, I’m grateful for the work of so many staff members who helped to form ARHE into what it is today. I’ve always wanted to help create a day that specifically highlights collegiate recovery, and ARHE’s 10th anniversary felt like an appropriate kickoff. Though September is National Recovery Month, it felt appropriate to have it sandwiched between spring breaks and graduations, as we lead up to our annual conference each summer. I’m really excited for what we have in store to help collegiate recovery expand and develop across the country.”

National Collegiate Recovery Day, Seminar & Reception

Image of New York for Collegiate Recovery Day

Photo by Oliver Niblett on Unsplash

Friday, April 17, 2020

10 a.m.—2 p.m. 

Hosted at Mountainside Chelsea 

243 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

Morning keynote presentation by Lisa Laitman and Keith Murphy from Rutgers University 

Reception, lunch, and student panel discussion to follow. 

Register for free at: 

Before you go…

We know that you may not be able to attend the event. However, you can still support us. As a grassroots organization, we rely heavily on CRP staff, students, and other stakeholders to support and improve the field of collegiate recovery. Here are some suggestions to help support our mission in 2020:

  1. Take part in #Our2020Vision Campaign by visiting the campaign homepage. One of the primary components of the campaign is engagement and action.
  2. Donate your birthday to ARHE on Facebook. We rely heavily on small gifts as well as a lot of other grassroots revenue so this is a great way to support the campaign.
  3. Join an ARHE Committee. Whether it’s advocacy, the conference, membership, communications, or another area of our organization, we’re always looking for membership support. Email your regional representative below to learn more.
  4. Become a Member of ARHE to receive a host of benefits and support our growth. 
  5. Connect with your ARHE Regional Representative to learn more about what’s going on in your region.
  6. Attend the National Collegiate Recovery Conference. Connect with our executive director and share your vision for the collegiate recovery profession: email Tim at
  7. Share this article to get more individuals involved.
  8. Make a donation to the campaign by visiting the fundraising page.
  9. Send a thank you note or shoutout to any collegiate recovery supporter that you know.
  10. Read Recovery Campus magazine to learn more about programs in the field.
  11. Engage with us on social media. Visit our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
  12. Wear collegiate recovery swag and encourage your friends to do the same.
  13. Contact your local college or alma mater about collegiate recovery and why they should invest in a CRP on their campus.