For the first time on campus students in recovery or seeking recovery from substance abuse and other addictions have an official meeting space to help them in their journey.
“Hopefully, one day, we will expand programming to really serve everyone." - Marni Goldberg
It’s called the Collegiate Recovery Center (CRC) and it’s located in the basement of Logan Hall.
“This is a very important population on campus that is underserved,” Department of Psychology Program Specialist, Marni Goldberg said.
Goldberg said, starting out, she’s modeling the program after the centers at The University of Texas at Austin and Texas Tech University. She said it’s important students understand this is not a treatment center and does not include counseling sessions. Although, she can issue referrals.
“We’re here to support students who are in recovery from substance abuse, gambling, sex, food and whoever is on a recovery journey,” she said.
The center is open each day from noon – 3 p.m. Programing includes four meetings a week.
- Mindfulness for Recovery (Monday at 3 p.m.)
- Recovery Talk (Thursday at 12:30 p.m.)
- AA Meeting (Friday at 1 p.m.)
- Veterans in Recovery (Friday at 3 p.m.)
Goldberg is running the program along with eight volunteer students.
“One of the premises of collegiate recovery is that it’s peer-led programming,” Goldberg said, “So I’ll be there and run the program but it really is key to have these students’ peers running the meetings.”
For now, Goldberg said she just wants to get the word out that the recovery center is open.
“I hope that we will grow out of the space that we’re in now and out of the program, in the sense, that we’ll get bigger and bigger,” she said. “So, my next step is to pursue grant funding.”
In 2019, CRC was included in one of the winning Grand Challenge teams. The program was awarded a $3,000 grant to initiate programming and to complete a campus wide needs assessment, partnering with COSAP.
Each meeting takes place in room B67E.