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Dear Student,

Going to college or returning to college in recovery can be a stressful. By now, you know that a recovery-friendly support network is crucial to your recovery and your academic success. Finding a Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) or Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) on a college campus is a big decision. The Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) aims to help change the trajectory of recovering students’ lives and offers resources and information for those looking to be a part of a this kind of support system.

In searching for a CRC/CRP consider the following below:

  1. Ownership and Autonomy. While your parent/family member may be exploring programs with you, remember, you are the one that will be a CRC/CRP member. You are the one that needs to take the lead in asking questions, completing applications, and identifying what your priorities are in the CRP that’s right for you.
  2. Healthy Compromise. You and your family member may have differing priorities when considering a school and CRC/CRP. Be sure to discussing all options and possibilities together with your family member so that you may reach a compromise that works best for all of you.
  3. Support. CRPs are not designed as treatment programs, they are designed to offer recovery support on college campuses so you have a safe place to navigate what can be a hostile environment; a college campus.

While sharing the goals of providing support, preventing relapse, and promoting academic performance, individual CRCs/CRPs vary greatly. Once you’ve decided that a CRP/CRC is the way to go, there are several things to consider when choosing which CRC/CRP is the best fit.

  1. Housing. Does the program offer housing? Is it specifically recovery-based or simply substance free? Do they offer housing on and/or off campus? Will your student be living with others in recovery? What is their policy on relapse?
  2. Programming and Support. What type of supportive programing do they offer? What is the focus of their CRP? What kinds of opportunities and activities are provided?
  3. University/College involvement. Is the CRC/CRP a program run by university/college faculty and staff or a student organization? Does this make a difference to you?
  4. Space. What kind of gathering space (e.g., building, office, recovery meeting space) does the program offer? Does the program have designated space for their CRC/CRP? Organizationally, where within the institution is the program housed
  5. Scholarships/Financial Aid. Does the program incur any additional expense? Offer any type of financial help? What is the level and nature of this help? What about in-state versus out-of-state tuition?
  6. Admittance Requirements. What are the requirements for admittance to the university itself and to the CRC/CRP? Each university and CRC/CRP may have different qualifications for applying to their program. Each program will have a checklist of things that need to be completed to apply.
  7. Student Involvement. What is required of CRC/CRP students in each program once they are admitted? Each program has requirements for participation that are unique to their program.
  8. Resources. What resources are available in the CRC/CRP and also at the university/college level for those in recovery?

We hope that by offering you these factors to consider, making the best decision for you will be a bit easier. CRCs/CRPs offer a great support system to students as they pursue higher education while growing in recovery. We hope to be a helpful source of information as you move along in the process.


Best wishes,

Association of Recovery in Higher Education Board


Association of Recovery in Higher Education Student Membership::

The Association of Recovery in Higher Education has two possible memberships for students.

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For students who attend a school that has an Institutional Membership to ARHE, you can apply for either an Undergraduate Membership or a Graduate Membership. Each of these memberships offers the following benefits:

  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Access/links to latest research in the field
  • Voting rights as a œStanding Committee
  • Discount registration rates at ARHE Annual Conferences
  • Recovery Campus Magazine access
  • Professional networking opportunities
  • Online member directory access and listing
  • Online institute directory access
  • Awards/Recognition
  • Advocacy opportunities at the national level

For students who attend a school that does not have an Institutional Membership to ARHE, you may apply for the Associate Affiliate Membership. This membership offers the following benefits:

  • Access/links to latest research in the field
  • Discount registration rates at ARHE Annual Conferences
  • Online member directory access
  • Online institute directory access
  • Advocacy opportunities at the national level
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Professional networking opportunities