People in recovery* from addiction face many challenges as they re-construct their lives and create a life-long recovery focus. This is not always supported by society and is even less supported in the realm of higher education. There is so much focus on maintaining and mitigating the damages of the college experience, which leaves little focus on creating a place within higher education for this marginalized population. While other groups of classically marginalized populations have begun to find a foothold and support within the university settings (e.g., LGBTQ, gender equality, ethnic identities), those in recovery have largely been left out in the cold due to the fact that their needs run counter to the dominant narrative of the college world. Enter the Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) movement.
**Defined as “A voluntary 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 and 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.