On-campus addiction recovery program helps students seeking sobriety

There’s a room on campus that not many people know about. Inside are a few brown leather chairs and a couch. A folded pingpong table stands to one side. A few desks with some computers at the back, stacks of magazines, books and pamphlets. A microwave and mini-fridge await hungry students.

It’s not a study room or even a typical student lounge.

The books and pamphlets are about recovering from addiction. There’s a box of multicolored sobriety chips given to recovering addicts at certain milestones of recovery. They sit on the coffee table next to a stack of the “12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous” flyers and the tenants of the SoBEAR program.

 This is the Collegiate Recovery Lounge, home of the Collegiate Recovery Program.

This room, Carrington 315, is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is available for any student who needs it. Students are encouraged to simply use the room to relax, study or play pingpong. The main goal is to give recovering students an environment away from temptations like drugs and alcohol. Weekly support group meetings are also held here.

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