Pacfic REgion

Washington state university


Program Details

Established: 2017
Region: Pacific
State: Washington
Program Contact: Patricia Maarhuis


About the Program

Washington State University’s (WSU) Cougs for Recovery program began as a small registered student organization in 2018. In 2021, Cougs for Recovery became a support service within the Health Promotion Department and the Student Affairs Division. Staff and six student-staff Peer Recovery Coaches provide support and community development across multiple campuses. The Cougs for Recovery team utilizes a harm reduction approach to substance use and recovery to develop a welcoming environment and efficacious support services. Specifically, the Peer Recovery Coach team provides support by creating a community for Cougs and by Cougs. They foster connections through similar experiences with students, promote awareness to stop or reduce substance use and other harmful behaviors, and provide resources for student well-being and academic success. Weekly recovery support activities in person and via Zoom include all recovery meetings, Friday art night, 1:1 well-being planning sessions and mentoring, outdoor activities, and more.In addition, Washington State University’s (WSU) Cougs for Recovery program awards scholarships to students involved in recovery on campus to support their success in college. There is a place for everyone in Cougs for Recovery―those in recovery, those contemplating recovery, and allies―and diversity is highly valued.

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