In Midst of Opioid Epidemic, Collegiate Recovery Creates Hope in Philadelphia

In the midst of one of the most impactful public health crisis this country has ever seen – coined widely as the “opioid epidemic” – there are no shortage of stories highlighting the recovery efforts of those affected by substance use disorders, their allies, and the communities which they live and are served in. In…

Gamma Tau, University of North Texas, Group Shot - 2015

Uncommon Support: Recovery and Fraternal Brotherhood

Often times when Greek life, fraternity and sorority organizations at colleges and universities, receives public attention it is attributable to negative undertones. Take for example a recent op-ed in Inside Higher Ed, which explores everything from sexual assault, suspensions, to wild parties and destruction of property. Truth be told – there have been nefarious actions…

Collegiate Recovery Saved My Life: Graduation

A little over 2 years ago, I penned a piece titled “How Collegiate Recovery Saved My Life”. Now, as I stand on the precipice of graduating, I realize how true the article really is. As a student, and person, in long-term recovery the last 3 years of my life have been immensely rewarding, challenging, scary,…

Top Down, Bottom Up: Building the Country’s First Integrated Collegiate Recovery Program

Taking a look back over the last 40 years, the landscape of the collegiate recovery field is littered with heroes and champions, the likes of which have guided minds such as myself through the process of building supports for students seeking, and in, long-term recovery. Names such as Harris, Laitman, Salmeri, Grahovac, and Kimbal echo…

Empowering Motives: Why Students in Recovery Should Re-Enroll

(Originally posted and written in collaboration, Sober Nation) “People never change because they are under threat or under duress. Never. They change because they see something that makes their life seem valuable enough to start moving toward a life worth living.” This quote was one of the first that I ever read when I first…