Midwest REgion

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Program Details

Established: 2014
Region: Midwest
State: Wisconsin
Program Contact: Jenny Damask
(608) 265-4901


About the Program

Live Free is a UW-Madison Registered Student Organization within the Associated Students of Madison (ASM). Live Free is the first peer-to-peer student organization that confronts addiction through educational engagement, community outreach, and recovery resources at UW-Madison. Our student organization has office space dedicated to recovery meetings as well as wellness events in the Student Activity Center (SAC) on campus. Our goal is to support individuals who are simultaneously striving to achieve and/or maintain addiction recovery and getting an education. We also take pride in being a resource and welcoming community for individuals that are being indirectly affected by addiction, suffering from codependency, or simply desire a community that is dedicated to offering an inviting, substance-free space. Live Free is a small CRP and consists of five part-time student employees including two co-chairs, one events coordinator, one PR coordinator, as well as a community outreach employee. Live Free is advised by two clinicians who are a part of the University Health Services (UHS) on UW Madison’s campus. Live Free runs weekly meetings as well as monthly wellness events, everyone in the Madison community is welcome to attend any of Live Free’s events free of charge. The only requirement for membership is that the majority of attendees must be UW-Madison students, enrolled in either undergraduate or graduate programs. However, all newcomers are welcome to participate in all of Live Free’s offerings, we don’t send anyone away!

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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, 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.