University of Southern Mississippi

Program Details

Established: 2012
Region: Southeast
State: Mississippi
Program Contact: Lisa Wright
(601) 266-5340

About the Program

The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC)is affiliated with Student Health Services which is under the Office of Student Affairs. There is a dedicated house just off campus for CRC members called The Blue House. This space offers a safe environment for our members AND throughout the week there are three AA meetings, two NA meetings, and a CRC member support group housed at The Blue House. CRC members have 24-hour access to The Blue House for THE PURPOSE of studying AND printing materials, or SIMPLY for a place to relax away from the everyday chaos of college life. We also have recovery tailgate parties, holiday potlucks, and seminars at The Blue House. Our membership consists of 10-15 members. Our students in the program are enrolled at least 3 semester hours, have documented completion of treatment and/or support group with a sponsor, demonstrate respect for self and other, active participate in supportive recovery and engage in activities and service projects all of which make up our the successes of our program.

We currently have a coordinator who is the Health Educator at student health services and a Graduate Assistant dedicated to the USM CRC. Our student organization affiliated with the CRC is called Southern Students about Service (SSAS). This organization is made up of students in recovery as well as allies of people in recovery, committed to offering service to USM and the community of Hattiesburg, MS.

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A collegiate recovery program (CRP) is a College or University-provided, supportive environment within the campus culture that reinforces the decision to engage in a lifestyle of recovery from substance use. It is designed to provide an educational opportunity alongside recovery support to ensure that students do not have to sacrifice one for the other.