The 13th Annual Collegiate Recovery started on a high. Things kicked into gear on Sunday as exhibitors, sponsors, speakers, volunteers, and attendees began pouring onto the Virginia Commonwealth University campus. After a full day of setting up and preparing for the conference to kick off in earnest on Monday morning, Sunday evening concluded with a smorgasbord of fantastic barbeque served by Ben’s Friends, a Richmond community of chefs, bartenders, line cooks, servers, sommeliers, host and hostesses, GMs and owners who have found or are seeking sobriety, while Gaye Adegbalola Blues Singer offered a complimentary helping of music.

Monday began bright and early with Registration, the Exhibit Hall, and Recovery meetings beginning at 7:30am. Breakfast was held in the Exhibit Hall as folks continuing to arrive had a chance to settle in and get their bearings. The first session block began at 9AM.

Monday featured an incredible array of speakers and topics, from talks about developing national APG standards, creating Recovery culture within entertainment events, integrating harm reduction models of Recovery into CRPs, and prioritizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in all Recovery spaces.

At 7PM, local Richmond restaurants came together to provide a “Taste of Richmond” dinner for conference participants. The day ended with a talent show in the Ram Lounge highlighting the talents of our wonderful conference participants.

We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow for another great day of learning, community, and Recovery.

We would also like to remind folks there are lactation stations available throughout the building; information on these locations can be found on Whova.

As always, if you have any questions, you can direct them to Caleb at

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