University of Alabama at Birmingham

Program Details

Established: 2015
Region: Southeast
State: Alabama
Program Contact: Kit Emslie
(205) 996-1612

About the Program

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collegiate Recovery Community is housed within the Student Counseling Services department in the Division of Student Affairs. The UAB Collegiate Recovery Community maintains a dedicated space on campus, including offices, a quiet room for study and meditation, a common area for student members to meet and socialize, and a large conference room which also serves as a classroom and space for on-site recovery meetings. The CRC is a relatively small program, staffed by a full-time Assistant Director and two AmeriCorps VISTAs, positions which have typically been filled by recent UAB graduates or current students. The CRC offers robust peer support for students with substance use concerns in the form of drop-in office hours, open community meetings, All-Recovery Meetings, and regular on-campus outreach programming. Membership is offered to those students who have made a commitment to improving their relationship to substance use and participating in recovery supports, including the creation, with the Assistant Director, of a personalized recovery plan. CRC meetings and events are open to all UAB students; those who are approved for membership are granted 24/7 access to the CRC space via their student ID cards.

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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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