University of Houston

Program Details

Established: 2013
Region: Southwest
State: Texas
Program Contact: John Shiflet
(713) 743-5862

About the Program

Cougars in Recovery (CIR) is a stand-alone department within the Division of Student Affairs and is a member of the Health and Wellbeing portfolio. CIR has a student lounge drop-in center and two offices for staff. CIR partners with Student Housing and Residential Life to have a Living Learning Community. CIR has a four-story townhouse with the capacity to house 21 students. CIR has two full time professional staff, two part time graduate assistants, and a practicum student. CIR is considered a large community supporting 60 students. CIR offers nine peer-to-peer process groups that are facilitated by our professional staff each week for students to choose from. Some groups are gender specific and are recovery specific (substance or eating recovery). To become a member of CIR students must submit an application and participate in an interview before being considered for the program. CIR has no specific length of recovery to join, students just need the desire to stop hurting and start healing. 

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