George Washington University

Program Details

Established: 2012
Region: Mid-Atlantic
State: District of Columbia
Program Contact: Shannen Johnson
(202) 994-6555

About the Program


The Collegiate Recovery Program at The George Washington University began as a student organization called GW Students for Recovery (GW SFR). The first official meeting was in February 2012 and was attended by students, staff, and community members. The student organization and the beginnings of the official program both reside in the Division of Student Affairs. For recovery space, students are able to apply for access to the Serenity Shack, one level of a university townhouse. First-year students can elect to live in a Sober Living community, while affinity housing for sophomores and juniors will be available through an application process in a new residence hall opening in Fall 2016. The student organization has a full-time staff advisor, and the overall program initiative is overseen by the Senior Associate Dean of Students and one graduate fellow. The program is mid-size, with approximately 20-30 students engaged with the recovery program. Aside from weekly meetings, there are social events, trainings, Recovery Month and Recovery Day activities, and partnering with on and off-campus organizations. The only current requirements are pertaining to access to the Serenity Shack.  Those include six (plus) months of seeking recovery, participating in recovery programming on campus, and regular meetings with a professional counselor.

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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.

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A Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) is a college or university-provided program that includes a supportive environment within the campus culture. CRPs reinforce the decision to engage in a lifestyle of recovery from addiction/substance use disorder. It is designed to provide an educational opportunity alongside recovery supports to ensure that students do not have to sacrifice one for the other.

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