Collegiate Recovery Program Shows Students They’re Not Alone

The local bar was Megan’s study room.

During her sophomore year at another university, Megan began stopping by a local bar on weekend mornings to do schoolwork and grab a bite. She had few friends and was having roommate issues. After her schoolwork was done on a Sunday, she’d put away the laptop and drink while watching afternoon football—sometimes staying to watch the night game, where she’d continue drinking.

As Megan began drinking more, she went to class less. After graduating, she took a job back home and kept drinking until a cop pulled her over for a DUI. “I blew a .31 [blood alcohol content], almost four times the legal limit,” she says. She received a plea deal that required her to remain sober for a year, which she did, but she then resumed drinking. A year and a half ago she entered a recovery program.

Now closing in on graduation from the School of Law, Megan participates in the Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP), a year-old group for BU students in recovery from substance use run by Wellness & Prevention at Student Health Services. The program augments the University’s existing substance-related programming; it requires that participants’ full names be withheld in this story.

One of the CRP’s aims is dispelling the isolation and stigma that can beset a person in recovery, and through the program, Megan says, she’s been introduced to “people in similar situations—educated, in school, around my age—to maybe become friends with or at least hang out with every now and then. It was nice to meet some sober people.”

Open to any member of the University community who is in recovery or wants to begin it, the CRP’s goal is to help students stay sober and thrive. The program is clearly meeting a demand: starting out with just 2 attendees, Megan says, it grew to 30 within its first months. The program is currently funded by a three-year grant from the Nevada nonprofit Transforming Youth Recovery.

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